Matteo da Perugia

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Matteo da Perugia

Matteo da Perugia, outstanding Italian composer; b. Perugia, date unknown; d. before Jan. 13, 1418. A musicus, he was the 1st magister capellae and the only cantor at Milan Cathedral (1402–7; 1414–16); was also in the service of Petros Cardinal Filargo di Cândia of Pavia, later the Antipope Alexander V. His extant works include 5 Glorias, a motet, 4 ballades, 7 virelais, 10 rondeaux, a canon, and 2 ballate. See F. Fano, ed., La cappella musicale del duomo di Milano, I: Le origini e il primo maestro di cappella: Matteo da Perugia, Istituzioni e Monumenti dell’Arte Musicale Italiana, new series, I (1956), and W. Apel, ed., French Secular Compositions of the Fourteenth Century, Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae, LIII/1-3 (1970–72).

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