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date: 23 January 2020

Del Lago, Giovanni [Pre Zanetto]locked

  • Bonnie J. Blackburn


[Pre Zanetto]

(bc1490; d Venice, 8 March 1544). Italian theorist. All that is known of his early life is that he was a student of the frottolist Giovanni Battista Zesso of Padua. In 1520 he was a cleric attached to the small parish church of S Sofia, Venice, in the sestiere of Cannaregio, where he remained throughout his life; he became deacon in 1527 and was promoted to titular priest in 1542. Towards the end of his life he published a small and largely insignificant treatise on the fundamentals of music, Breve introduttione (reviewed unfavourably by Pietro Aaron; see SpataroC, no. 66), but his chief claim to fame lies in the correspondence he conducted with the foremost theorists of his time, Giovanni Spataro and Aaron, and a host of lesser musicians. Although his plan to publish his letters failed, his correspondence survives, together with many of the letters written to him (...

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Acta musicologica
Bologna, Civico Museo Bibliografico Musicale
Rome, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Musikabteilung
Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Musiksammlung
Musica disciplina
Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France
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