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Stoupakis, Alexandros

Life and Works of Martino Pesenti (c.1600-c.1648)

Ph.D. National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, expected 2002
(alex_stoupakis@mycosmos.gr)

Martino Pesenti was a blind composer and keyboard player who lived and worked at Venice in the first half of the seventeenth century. He published seventeen books (fourteen of them survive), all of them printed by Alessandro Vincenti in Venice. There are three books of arias (the first is lost), seven books of madrigals (the second is lost), four books of Correnti for harpsichord (for the first there is only a reprint), one book of Correnti for solo voice and harpsichord, and one book of Masses and motets.

This dissertation contains all the update information on Pesenti's life and works, a study of his books in the context of seventeenth-century Italian music, and a modern transcription of his significant works from the original sources with critical commentary, and information on performance practice. There is also an alphabetical catalogue of his works.

[The language of this dissertation is Greek.]