each 12 leaves, 4to (c.21 x 15cm), unbound in the original signatures, lacking parts for Cantus, Altus and Tenor
Philippe de Monte (1521-1603) came from Mechelen (Fr. “Malines”) in Flanders. Gustave Reese writes “A high point in the madrigal is reached in the works of Monte, the most prolific composer in this field. His long residence in Italy ended in 1554, when his first madrigal book (for five voices), purely Italian in style, appeared at Rome where he had gone after leaving his position with the Pinelli family in Naples. The total of his compositions in this genre exceeds 1,100 [in c.35 books; however, some of these are lost]. He is important not for his innovations but for the quality of his ideas and technique. Technically, indeed, he ranks with Rore and Lassus” (Music in the Renaissance, 1959, page 406).
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