- Steven Ledbetter
- , revised by Iain Fenlon
(b Francavilla Fontana, nr Brindisi; fl 1590–1600). Italian composer. Although he was born in southern Italy, he seems to have been active, at least in the late 1590s, in the Venetian area; the dedication to Archduke Ferdinand of his third book of madrigals for five voices, suggests a longstanding connection with the house of Austria. The verse is for the most part in the light pastoral vein and the musical style bright and diatonic, the one exception being Misero un di piangendo, a somewhat studied exercise in the pathetic mode. The book ends with a madrigal for two four-voice choirs. Mogavero is represented, moreover, in a collection of settings of poems by Angelo Grillo, who was then Prior of S Giuliano in Genoa (RISM 15986); most of the other composers whose works appear in the volume are northerners. A substantial portion of Mogavero’s output, including the first two books of madrigals for five voices, is now lost. Although his surviving works are all secular, he also wrote and published sacred music. Some of the lost works were formerly in the library of King João IV of Portugal (destroyed in ...