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date: 23 October 2019

Christoforus [Cristoforo] de Monte [de Feltro]locked

  • Margaret Bent

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[de Feltro]

(b Feltre, fl 1406–37). Italian composer. Two single-texted motets for four voices are found in the old layer of I-Bb Q15. The text of Dominicus a dono (I-Bc Q15 no.220) includes autobiographical information that he was ‘in Feltro natus’ and that he learned singing in his native mountains. New documentation (provided by Paolo Da Col) suggests that he may not be the same Cristoforo who was employed at Padua Cathedral between 1402 and 1426, as was previously suggested (S. Clercx: Johannes Ciconia, Brussels, 1960). While a sojourn in Padua is not necessarily incompatible with the known facts, and would fit well with the presence of his works in Q15 in the 1420s, an identification is premature in the absence of a more specific name.

He is already described as a priest by 1406 and must therefore have been born by 1383. His patronymic (son of Antonius Donatus) is given in documents from Belluno of ...

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