Donato da Cascia [Magister Dominus Donatus de Florentia]
- Kurt von Fischer
- , revised by Gianluca D’Agostino
[Magister Dominus Donatus de Florentia]
(fl Florence, 2nd half of the 14th century). Italian composer. The position of Donato’s works in the Squarcialupi Codex (I-Fl 87) suggests that he was somewhat younger than Lorenzo and older than Landini. The poet Franco Sacchetti designated Donato as ‘presbiter de Cascia’ (Cascia near Florence, not the Umbrian Cascia). Donato has nothing to do with the Dominus Donati who is mentioned by Clercx as applying for a canonry in Liège in 1344. The titles Ser, Dominus and Don as well as his dress as depicted in I-Fl 87 (f.71v) indicate that he was a Benedictine or a Camaldolensian.
Very little information can be gleaned from the texts of Donato’s works, which are almost all madrigals. The two lost settings of texts by Sacchetti presumably date from the 1350s. Sovran’ uccello se’ was possibly composed on the occasion of one of the two journeys to Rome made by the Emperor Charles IV (in ...