Ludovico Balbi

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Born: circa 1545

Died: before 15 December 1604


View the Wikipedia article on Ludovico Balbi.

Balbi was a student of Costanzo Porta from 1565 to 1567, and from 1570 to 1578 sang at S Marco, Venice, under Zarlino]]. In 1578 he was appointed maestro di cappella of S Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and subsequently held posts in Padua, Feltre and Treviso, returning to Venice in 1598 and spending the remainder of his life at S Maria Gloriosa.

Some other Balbis are:

  • Luigi Balbi (fl 1585–1621 Venice), Ludovico's nephew & pupil
  • Giovan Battista Balbi ‘Il Tasquino’(fl 1636–57)
  • Ignazio Balbi (fl 1720–73, in Milan)

List of choral works

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  • Il primo libro de madrigali, 4vv (1570)
  • Il secondo libro de madrigali, 4vv (1576)
  • Ecclesiasticarum cantionum, 4vv (1578)
  • 4 masses: ‘Ecce mitto angelum meum’, ‘Fuggite il sonno’, Missa duodecim toni, Missa alternatim canenda: 5vv (1580); a Missa defunctorum, 5vv added to reprint (1595)
  • I capricci, 6vv (1586)
  • Ecclesiasticarum cantionum in sacris totius anni sanctorum sollemnitatibus, 4vv (1587)
  • Graduale et antiphonarium juxta ritum missalis et breviarii novi (1587) [collab. G. Gabrieli, Orazio Vecchi]
  • Musicale essercitio, 5vv (1589)
  • Messe et motetti con il Te Deum laudamus, 8vv (1605)

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