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The present Index lists the composers mentioned in Angeli’s inventory. Brief information on their relationship with the Ducal Chapel of Venice is given with a list of attributed compositions.

Anonymous

Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Antiphonaries 30 2 volumes 'folio grande'
Graduals 1 5 volumes 'in foglio'
Holy Week, Passions 37 1 volume 'foglio ordinario'
Holy Week, Passions 60 1 volume 'libro […] piccolo'
Holy Week, Responses 3 1 volume 'folio grande'
Hymns 48 1 volume 'folio ordinario'
Hymns 40 1 volume 'folio grande'
Introits 29 1 volume 'folio grande'
Magnificats 32 1 volume 'folio grande'
Masses 54 1 volume 'folio grande'
Masses 2 1 volume 'libro grande'
Masses 59 1 volume 'libretto'
Motets / Antiphons 55 1 volume 'folio grande'
Responses 52 2 volumes 'in folio' in parchment
Various 31 1 volume 'folio grande' with hymns, Magnificats and motets
Various 62 1 volume unidentified
presumably in-folio
‘di canto fermo, cioè Officio dell'Angelo Custode’

Asola, Giovanni Matteo

Birth/Death 1524–1609
Short Biography No documented relationship with the Ducal Chapel of St Mark’s.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Holy Week, Turbe 18 1 volume unidentified
presumably in-plano

Biffi, Antonio

Birth/Death 1666–1732
Short Biography Antonio Biffi was employed from July 1692 as contralto in the Ducal Chapel and personal assistant to the chapel master Giovanni Domenico Partenio. Following Partenio's death, he was appointed maestro di cappella in 1702. He held this post until his death (1733), assisted by vicemaestri Carlo Francesco Pollarolo (until 1723) and (subsequently) Antonio Pollarolo. Under his direction, Marchio Angeli compiled the present inventory of the choirbooks of the Ducal Chapel, dated 25 September 1720.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Magnificats 12 1 volume unidentified
presumably in-plano
unbound
Masses 11 4 volumes 'folio grande' with four masses

Cavalli, Francesco

Birth/Death 1602–1676
Short Biography Francesco Cavalli (Pier Francesco Caletti Bruni) was employed from February 1617 (1616 more veneto) as soprano in the Ducal Chapel, then directed by Claudio Monteverdi. In January 1635 (1634 more veneto) his function was redefined as tenor. In January 1639 (1638 more veneto) he was appointed second organist and in February 1645 (1644 more veneto) first organist of the Ducal Chapel, now under the direction of Giovanni Rovetta. In November 1668, following Rovetta’s death, he was nominated maestro di cappella. He held this post until his death in 1676, assisted by the vicemaestro Natale Monferrato.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Hymns 43 1 volume 'folio grande'
Masses 14 3 volumes 'folio grande' with three masses
Requiem Masses 44 1 volume 'folio grande' with a Requiem mass
Motets / Antiphons 25 4 volumes unidentified
presumably in-4°
Motets / Antiphons 42 1 volume 'folio grande'
Motets / Antiphons 57 1 volume 'libretto piccolo' ‘Motetti della Madonna’

Colombina, Pietro

Birth/Death ca. 1617–after 1682
Short Biography The Carmelite friar Pietro Colombina was appointed in 1642 as singer of the Ducal Chapel, then directed by Claudio Monteverdi and Giovanni Rovetta. On 4 April 1679, at the age of 62 years, he applied to be retired from service. On 25 January 1682 (1681 more veneto), the Procuratori de Supra awarded him a gold medal for having donated ‘some books of his musical compositions’ to the Ducal Chapel.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Masses 56 6 volumes 'in foglio' with six masses

Croce, Giovanni

Birth/Death ca. 1557–1609
Short Biography Giovanni Croce (della Croce) was employed from 1565 as zago (choirboy) of St Mark’s, shortly after Gioseffo Zarlino’s appointment as chapel master. He later became a singer in the Ducal Chapel and, from the early 1590s, assistant to the chapel master Baldassare Donato. In July 1603, following Donato’s death, he was nominated maestro di cappella. He held this post until his death in 1609, assisted from 1607 by Bartolomeo Morosini as official vicemaestro.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Hymns 51 1 volume unidentified
presumably in-plano
‘inni quaresimali’
Requiem Masses 17 1 volume 'folio grande' with a Requiem mass
Psalms 65 9 volumes 'libretti'
Various 33 2 volumes 'folio grande' with hymns, Magnificats and motets
Various 38 1 volume 'folio grande' with masses and Magnificats

Grossi, Carlo

Birth/Death ca. 1634–1688
Short Biography Carlo Grossi’s appointment as bass singer in the Ducal Chapel dates to February 1666. He competed unsuccessfully for the position of vicemaestro in 1676 and 1685. On 29 July 1685, he applied to be retired from service. On 1 October 1684 the Procuratori de Supra awarded him a gold medal worth fifty ducats for having donated to the chapel a ‘book in-folio of his musical compositions composed for the service of the [chapel]’ (‘libro in foglio di sue composizioni musicali composte per servizio della medesima’).
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Masses 16 1 volume 'folio grande' with a mass

Hesdin, Nicolle des Celliers de

Birth/Death Before 1500?–1538
Short Biography No documented relationship with the Ducal Chapel of St Mark’s.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Magnificats 36 1 volume 'folio grande'

Janequin, Clément

Birth/Death 1485–1558
Short Biography No documented relationship with the Ducal Chapel of St Mark’s. According to the ceremonial of St Mark’s, the Ducal cappella was required to sing the mass based on Janequin’s chanson La Guerre on Shrove Thursday. Attributed to a ‘Todesco’ in Angeli’s inventory, the mass is transmitted as anonymous in a choirbook of the Ducal Chapel (Basilica di San Marco, Libri musicali 3). A lost collection of motets, entered immediately after the mass in Angeli’s inventory, is also attributed to the 'Todesco'.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Masses 54 1 volume 'folio grande'
Motets / Antiphons 55 1 volume 'folio grande'

Legrenzi, Giovanni

Birth/Death 1626–1690
Short Biography Giovanni Legrenzi competed unsuccessfully for the post of maestro di cappella of the Ducal Chapel in 1668 and 1676. On 5 January 1681 (1680 more veneto), he entered the service of the chapel as vicemaestro, under the direction of Natale Monferrato. After Monferrato’s death in 1685, he obtained the position of chapel master, which he held until his death in Venice on 27 May 1690. He was assisted by Giovanni Domenico Partenio as vicemaestro. On 10 July 1689, Legrenzi received 200 ducats for the ‘musical composition of the Responories for Holy Week’ (‘composizione musicale de’ Responsorij della Settimana Santa’). Before death, Legrenzi commissioned copies of his ‘Masses, motets, Magnificats’, which he bequeathed to the Ducal Chapel.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Holy Week, Responses 3 1 volume 'folio grande'
Magnificats 8 1 volume 'folio grande'
Masses 7 2 volumes 'folio grande'
Masses 7 2 volumes 'folio piccolo'
Motets / Antiphons 9 1 volume 'folio grande'

Lotti, Antonio

Birth/Death 1666–1740
Short Biography In November 1687 Antonio Lotti was engaged as an ‘occasional musician’ in the Ducal Chapel. He was hired on 30 May 1689 as contralto of the Ducal Chapel, directed at the time by Giovanni Legrenzi. On 6 August 1690 he became assistant organist, on 31 May 1692 second organist, and on 17 August 1704 first organist. He held this position for more than 30 years. On 22 July 1698, the Procuratori de Supra granted him fifty ducats for a book containing an a cappella mass written for the Ducal Chapel. After the death of Antonio Biffi, he became chapel master ad interim on 8 March 1733. He was officially appointed maestro di cappella on 2 April 1736. He held this position until his death in 1740, assisted by the Antonio Pollarolo as vicemaestro.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Masses 10 2 volumes 'folio grande' with three masses

Manchicourt, Pierre de

Birth/Death ca. 1519–1564
Short Biography No documented relationship with the Ducal Chapel of St Mark’s.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Masses 35 1 volume 'foglio ordinario' ‘stampato’

Martinengo, Giulio Cesare

Birth/Death 1564/1568–1613
Short Biography Giulio Cesare Martinengo’s appointment as maestro di cappella of St Mark’s dates to Ascension Day 1609, after the death of Giovanni Croce. He held this position until his death, which occurred in Venice on 10 July 1613. He was assisted by vicemaestri Bartolomeo Morosini (until 1612) and (subsequently) Marc'Antonio Negri.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Motets / Antiphons 50 1 volume unidentified
presumably in-folio
‘Salve regina’

Monferrato, Natale

Birth/Death 1610–1685
Short Biography Educated at the ducal seminary, Natale Monferrato competed unsuccessfully in January 1639 (1638 more veneto) for the post of second organist of St Mark’s. A month later, he was hired as a singer in the Ducal Chapel, where he served under Claudio Monteverdi and Giovanni Rovetta. After the latter’s nomination as maestro in spring 1644, Monferrato provisionally held the position of vicemaestro; he was officially nominated to this role in January 1647. On Rovetta’s death, Monferrato appears not to have participated in the competition for the post of chapel master, obtained in October 1668 by Francesco Cavalli. After the latter’s death, he was nominated maestro in April 1676. He held this position until his own death, which occurred in Venice on 13 April 1685. He was assisted by vicemaestri Antonio Sartorio (1676–1680) and Giovanni Legrenzi (1681–1685).
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Magnificats 5 1 volume 'folio grande'
Magnificats 49 1 volume 'in foglio'
Masses 4 6 volumes 'folio grande' with eight masses
Motets / Antiphons 22 14 volumes 'folio picolo'
Motets / Antiphons 58 1 volume 'libretto piccolo'
Psalms 64 9 volumes 'libretti'

Monteverdi, Claudio

Birth/Death 1567–1643
Short Biography Claudio Monteverdi’s appointment as choirmaster of the Ducal Chapel dates to 19 August 1613, when he succeeded Giulio Cesare Martinengo. He held this position until his death, which occurred in Venice on 29 November 1643. He was assisted by vicemaestri Marc’Antonio Negri (until 1620), Alessandro Grandi (1620–1626) and Giovanni Rovetta (1627–1643).
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Masses 13 1 volume 'folio grande' with a mass

Morales, Cristóbal de

Birth/Death ca. 1500–1553
Short Biography No documented relationship with the Ducal Chapel of St Mark’s. Two collections of 4-, 5- and 6-voices masses by Morales were published in choirbook format in 1544 by the Roman printing house of Valerio and Aloisio Dorico.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Masses 21 1 volume 'librazzo grande'
Masses 39 1 volume 'folio grande'

Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da

Birth/Death ca. 1525–1594
Short Biography No documented relationship with the Ducal Chapel of St Mark’s. In April 1614, copies of Palestrina’s second and fifth books of 4-, 5- and 6-part masses were purchased at the request of the maestro di cappella Claudio Monteverdi.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Masses 19 2 volumes 'folio grande'
Masses 19 2 volumes 'libri […] piccoli'

Partenio, Giovanni Domenico

Birth/Death 1633–1701
Short Biography Giovanni Domenico Partenio was hired as tenor in the Ducal Chapel on 21 February 1666 (1665 more veneto). On 25 July 1685 he was appointed vicemaestro, succeeding Giovanni Legrenzi on the latter’s appointment as maestro di cappella. After Legrenzi's death, he competed unsuccessfully on 6 August 1690 for the position of chapel master, assigned to Giovanni Battista Volpe (‘Rovettino’). After Volpe’s death, on 10 May 1692, Partenio was appointed chapel master; he held this post until his death, which occurred in Venice on 18 February 1701 (1700 more veneto). He was assisted by Carlo Francesco Pollarolo as vicemaestro.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Masses 15 2 volumes 'folio grande' with two masses

Pellegrini, Vincenzo

Birth/Death ca. 1562–1630
Short Biography No documented relationship with the Ducal Chapel of St Mark’s. A collection of his masses in choirbook format was published in Venice in 1604.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Masses 28 1 volume 'folio grande'

Pollarolo, Antonio

Birth/Death 1676–1746
Short Biography Antonio Pollarolo was first employed at the Ducal Chapel of St Mark’s in 1702 as a substitute for his father, the vicemaestro Carlo Francesco Pollarolo. On the latter’s death in 1723 he was himself appointed vicemaestro, a position which he held until his death in Venice on 4 May 1746.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Masses 66 1 volume unidentified with a mass

Rovetta, Giovanni

Birth/Death ca. 1596–1668
Short Biography After serving in a ‘supernumerary‘ capacity, Giovanni Rovetta was hired in 1614 as a member of the instrumental company of St Mark’s. In 1623 he became a bass singer in the Ducal Chapel, under the direction of Claudio Monteverdi. In November 1627 he succeeded Alessandro Grandi as vicemaestro. Following Monteverdi’s death, he was appointed chapel master in February 1644 (1643 more veneto). Assisted by Natale Monferrato as vicemaestro, he remained in this post until his death in Venice on 23 October 1668.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Holy Week, Turbe 18 1 volume unidentified
presumably in-plano
Holy Week, Turbe 18 1 volume unidentified
presumably in-plano
Hymns 45 1 volume 'folio ordinario'
Magnificats 46 1 volume 'folio ordinario'
Masses 6 11 volumes 'folio grande'
Motets / Antiphons 24 4 volumes unidentified
presumably in-4°
Motets / Antiphons 47 1 volume 'folio ordinario'
Psalms 63 9 volumes 'libretti'
Various 41 1 volume unidentified
presumably in-plano
with Magnificats and motets
Various 53 1 volume 'folio grande' ‘Messe della Madonna, et Imni’

Soriano, Francesco

Birth/Death 1548/9–1621
Short Biography No documented relationship with the Ducal Chapel of St Mark’s. In April 1614, copies of Soriano’s second and fifth books of 4-, 5- and 6-part masses were purchased at the request of the maestro di cappella Claudio Monteverdi.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Masses 20 1 volume 'in folio' ‘stampato’

Todesco (Anonymous)

Short Biography A mass and a collection of motets are attributed in Angeli’s inventory to an anonymous 'Todesco'. The mass can be identified as the cycle based on Clément Janequin’s chanson La Guerre, intoned by the Ducal Chapel in the presence of the Doge during mass on Shrove Thursday. Janequin may also be the author of the motets and antiphons contained in the second manuscript, now lost.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Masses 54 1 volume 'folio grande'
Motets / Antiphons 55 1 volume 'folio grande'

Vinaccesi, Benedetto

Birth/Death ca. 1670–1719
Short Biography On 5 February 1702 (1701 more veneto), Benedetto Vinaccesi competed unsuccessfully for the post of maestro di cappella of the Ducal Chapel, assigned to Antonio Biffi. On 17 August 1704 he succeeded Antonio Lotti as organist of St Mark’s. On 19 March 1714, the Procuratori de Supra rewarded him with 100 ducats for the dedication of a collection of motets composed ‘for the service of the Church’.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Motets / Antiphons 26 4 volumes unidentified
presumably in-4°

Willaert, Adrian

Birth/Death 1490–1562
Short Biography Adrian Willaert was appointed maestro di cappella of the Ducal Chapel on 12 December 1527. He held this position until his death, which occurred in Venice on 7 December 1562.
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Masses 27 1 volume 'folio grande'

Zarlino, Gioseffo

Birth/Death 1517?–1590
Short Biography Gioseffo Zarlino moved to Venice in 1541. Here he became a pupil of Adrian Willaert, chapel master of St Mark’s. After Rore’s resignation, Zarlino was appointed maestro di cappella of the Ducal Chapel on 5 July 1565. He held this position until his death, which occurred in Venice on 4 February 1590 (1589 more veneto).
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Psalms 34 1 volume 'folio grande'
Psalms 61 1 volume unidentified
presumably in-folio or in-plano

Ziani, Pietro Andrea

Birth/Death 1616–1684
Short Biography Pietro Andrea Ziani was hired in April 1650 as a singer in the Ducal Chapel, under the direction of maestro Giovanni Rovetta and vicemaestro Natale Monferrato. After some years as chapel master of the Empress Eleonora Gonzaga in Vienna, he returned to Venice where, on 20 January 1669 (1668 more veneto), he succeeded Francesco Cavalli as organist of St Mark's (on Cavalli’s appointment as maestro di cappella). After Cavalli’s death in 1676, Ziani applied unsuccessfully for the position of chapel master. In 1677, he left Venice for Naples. On 19 March 1676, the Procuratori de Supra rewarded him with 100 ducats for ‘five manuscript books of his musical compositions’ (‘cinque libri manuscritti di sue Compositioni di Musica’).
Compositions

Genre ID Inv. Source Typology Notes
Motets / Antiphons 23 5 volumes unidentified
presumably in-4°
‘una muta’