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date: 13 November 2019

Buccellanito, Nicolaus de [Auritus’ (‘Big Ears)]free

  • Bonnie J. Blackburn

(fl ? c1450). Italian theorist. He is the otherwise unknown author (possibly from Bizzolano, a quarter of Canneto sull’Oglio west of Mantua) of a short treatise for boys, Introductiones artis musice (incomplete in I-Vnm lat.Cl.VIII.85 (3579), ff.61 v–67 v, copied in Mantua and Bozzolo in 1463–4). Book 1 treats letters, notes, hexachords, avoidance of the tritone, and intervals in summary fashion. Book 2, on the species of intervals, is copied largely verbatim from Book 2 of Johannes Ciconia’s Nova musica (2.1–8, 13–14, 16, 20; part of Book 1 is also used). Buccellanito appears to be the only theorist who was directly influenced by Ciconia; like him, he uses Greek note names as a matter of course.


  • O.B. Ellsworth, ed.: Johannes Ciconia: nova musica and De proportionibus, GLMT, ix (Lincoln, NE, 1993)
  • J. Herlinger: ‘Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, MS Latini, Cl. VIII.85: a Preliminary Report’, Philomusica on-line, vol.4/2 (2005)
Greek and Latin Music Theory (Lincoln, NE, 1984-)
Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana