Pallavicino, Benedetto

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Pallavicino, Benedetto

Pallavicino, Benedetto, Italian composer; b. Cremona, 1551; d. Mantua, Nov. 26, 1601. He was a court musician in Mantua from 1583 and maestro di cappella to the Duke from 1596. Monteverdi mentions Pallavicino’s death in a letter applying for his post to the Duke of Mantua (Nov. 28, 1601). Pallavicino was a particularly distinguished composer of madrigals.

Works

vocal: sacred:Liber primus missarum for 4 to 6 Voices (Venice, 1603); Sacrae Dei laudes for 8, 12, and 16 Voices (Venice, 1605); motet for 5 Voices, etc. secular: II primo libro de madrigali for 4 Voices (Venice, 1579); II primo libro de madrigali for 5 Voices (Venice, 1581); II secondo libro de madrigali for 5 Voices (Venice, 1584); II terzo libro de madrigali for 5 Voices (Venice, 1585); II primo libro de madrigali for 6 Voices (Venice, 1587); II quatro libro de madrigali for 5 Voices (Venice, 1588); II quinto libro de madrigali for 5 Voices (Venice, 1593); El sesto libro de madrigali for 5 Voices (Venice, 1600); II settimo libro de madrigali for 5 Voices (Venice, 1604); L’ottavo libro de madrigali for 5 Voices (Venice, 1612).

Bibliography

T. Bridges, The Madrigals of B. P. (diss., Univ. of Calif., 1952); P. Flanders, The Five-Part Madrigals of B. P. (diss., N.Y.U., 1972); idem, A Thematic Index to the Works of B. P. (Hackensack, N.J., 1974).

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