Marchetto da Padova

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Marchetto da Padova

Marchetto da Padova, Italian music theorist and composer; b. Padua, c. 1274; d. after 1326. He was maestro di canto at Padua Cathedral (1305–07). He is known for the treatises Lucidarium in arte musicae planae (on plainsong, early 14th century) and Pomerium artis musicae mensurabilis (on mensural music, 1318); the latter is included (in part) in O. Strunk’s Source Readings in Music History (N.Y., 1950; 2nd ed., 1998, by L. Treitler); a modern ed. is found in Corpus Scriptorum de Musica, VI (1961). He also wrote Brevis compilatio in arte musicae mensuratae, which was ed. by G. Vecchi, “Su la composizione del Pomerium di Marchetto de Padova e la Brevis compilatio” in Quadrivium, I (1956). Three motets have been ascribed to him.

Bibliography

K. Berger, Musica Ficta: Theories of Accidental Inflections in Vocal Polyphony from M. da Padova to Gioseffo Tarlino (Cambridge, 1987).

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