Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Spanish Imperial Court Music Manuscripts Found in the Biblioteca Marciana in Venice

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Spanish Imperial Court Music Manuscripts Found in the Biblioteca Marciana in Venice

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Venezia. Biblioteca Marciana. Anna Claut recent studies proved that a group of 75 music manuscripts preserved in the Marciana Library comes from the Spanish Imperial Court. The collection includes 15 manuscripts known as the Venice series of the Scarlatti's Sonatas; the Sonatas by Sebastiano de Albero; the Scarlatti's 'Serenata a quattro voci; works by David Perez, Tommaso Traetta, Leonardo Vinci, Pasquale Cafaro, Leonardo Leo, and Johann Adolf Hasse are preserved in other 40 manuscripts.

The Marciana collection is quite completely digitized, by the Library's project ADM (Digital Archive of Music) funded by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage (MiBAC), and is published at http://polovea.sebina.it /SebinaOpac/Opac and on Cultural Internet.

The Spanish provenance was identified by comparing numbers etched in gold on the spine of some Marciana music codices--which were noticed for the first time on the spine of the Domenico Scarlatti's Sonatas manuscripts--with Farinelli's testament papers published in Sandro Cappelletto's La voce perduta. Vita di Farinelli evirato cantore (The lost voice. Life of Farinelli, the Castrato Singer).

Among those papers, the Legal Inventory of May 2nd, 1783 (thus after Farinelli's death) is to be found and reads: <<'This is my Will--D. …

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