Benedetto Pesenti

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Aliases: Benedict Pesenti, Benedictus Pesentius


Born: circa 1545, Venice

Died: after 1591

Biography: Italian composer, he was a priest. According to his nephew Giovanni Battista, who wrote the dedication, dated 15 October 1591, to his Primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci (Venice, 1591), the compositions published in it, as well as some others, had been left with him while Benedetto, here referred to as an abbot, was away from Venice on ecclesiastical business some months earlier. His madrigals, according to his nephew, are ‘composed according to the science of the most excellent musicians Adrian Willaert and Cipriano de Rore, teachers of the above mentioned [Pesenti]’. If indeed he studied with Willaert (d 1562), then he must have been born no later than about 1545. However, his madrigals, which include a setting of a canzone in nine parts and several madrigali spirituali, show none of the mastery of either of his alleged teachers, and he is best considered a competent amateur. One motet for five voices was published by Phalèse (in RISM 16091).

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  • Primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, Venice 1591

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