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PRIMAVERA, Gio[van] Leonardo ca. 1540-45 - after 1585
Il Quinto Libro di Madrigali a Cinque Voci... Nuovamente da lut Composto & dato in luce. Quinto part.
Vineggia [Venice]: Apresso l'herede di Girolamo Scotto, 1578. Small quarto. Light gray modern boards with "Quinto" in manuscript to head of upper. 1f. (recto title, verso dedication to Signor Colonello Pier Conte Gabutio with printed date of Venice, June 20, 1578), [3]-27, [i] ("Tavola delli Madrigali del Quinto Libro Di Giovan Leonardo Primavera à cinque voci"). With large woodcut device to title and fine large decorative and historiated woodcut initials throughout. Music printed in diamond-head notation. With 27 madrigals set to texts by S. Pietro Conte Gaburio, Giudi, Petrarch, Tasso, Viaro, and Zanpesco. Binding slightly worn, soiled, rubbed, and bumped; endpapers browned. Browned throughout, slightly heavier to edges; upper margin of title soiled with archival lining to verso, not affecting legibility; several small holes to upper margin of second leaf, slightly affecting text; early paper tape repairs to some margins, corners, and gutters, just touching staff lines or text in several instances but not affecting legibility. First Edition. Vogel 2275 (one complete copy only, at the Hamburg Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek; two incomplete). RISM P5454 (one incomplete copy in Germany [although recorded as complete by Vogel], two incomplete copies in Italy; no copies of any parts in the U.S.). "[Primavera's] first two madrigal books consist mainly of settings of Petrarch's sonnets in the customary two parts. The writing for five voices is assured and fluid, especially in the use of melismas descending in parallel 3rds or 10ths. The music of the final line is often repeat … [Click Below for Full Description]

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