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Nantermi family

John Whenham

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.19560

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[Nanterni]

Italian family of musicians.

(d Milan, March 1605). Composer. He was maestro di cappella at S Maria presso S Celso, Milan, probably from 1568, and held the post for 35 years. As a composer he is known only by a madrigal for five voices and continuo in (3) Michel'Angelo Nantermi's Primo libro de madrigali (RISM 160926).

(b Milan, c1550; d probably Milan, early 17th century). Composer, singer and organist, son of (1) Filiberto Nantermi. He began to work at S Maria presso S Celso, Milan, around 1570. Towards the end of his father's life he shared (unofficially) the work of maestro di cappella and succeeded his father in the post, which he held until the end of 1607, leaving because of unspecified disagreements. In a letter of 1605 he mentioned that he acted not only as maestro, but also as singer and organist when double-choir music was performed. Morigi described him as a ‘sensitive and intelligent musician’ whose work was praised by his contemporaries....

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Subjects: Baroque Music

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