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Title: The Masses of Franciscos Leondaritis (c.1516 - c.1572) : a scholarly edition together with thirty eight motets and accompanying historical and stylistic commentary
Author: Caldi , Miranda
ISNI:       0000 0004 2729 7895
Awarding Body: University of York
Current Institution: University of York
Date of Award: 2002
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Franciscos Leondaritis (c.1518-c.1572) long thought to be Italian, was entirely forgotten until 1979, when the researches of the late Nikolaos Panayiotakis revealed him to be a Cretan singer and composer employed in the choir of St. Mark's under Willaert, and at the chapel of the Duke of Bavaria under Lassus. An edition has been made of three masses and thirty eight motets for modern performance. The biography and commentary serve to provide a historical backgound to the music of his time. This is organised into sections dealing with choral sizes, choral sound, embellishment, pronunciation, use of instruments, pitch, musica ficta and mensuration. Some are considered comprehensively with reference to the numerous main contemporary theorists in order to arrive at a position whereby informed performance of my editions can be undertaken. The focus of the entire commentary therefore is on the interpretation of sixteenth century performance practice. Leondaritis is an extremely interesting phenomenon and it is unjust that he has for so long been neglected. I have been careful, when placing him inthe context of great masters like Willaert, Lassus and Rore not to make exaggerated claims on his' behalf. What seems to me indisputable is that the works I am making available for modern performance are not only worthy of our attention but often approach excellence. He was after all considered by his contemporaries to be a composer in 'rubus harmonicus peritissimum, di fama immortale'.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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