Text, Form, and Style in Franchino Gaffurio’s Motets

TitleText, Form, and Style in Franchino Gaffurio’s Motets
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsFilippi, Daniele V.
EditorSchmidt-Beste, Thomas
Book TitleThe Motet around 1500: On the Relationship between Imitation and Text Treatment?

The repertoire of Milanese Motetti missales has often aroused interest among scholars from an historical point of view, while there are surprisingly few analytical investigations concerning this corpus. The case of Franchino Gaffurio (1451-1522), surely one of the most prominent figures of the Milanese scene, is particularly striking: paradoxically, the importance of his contributions as a theorist and author of treatises has almost completely obscured his role as a composer. This article presents a first attempt to delineate Gaffurio’s motet style. Some of his motets in Librone 1 of the Veneranda Fabbrica are considered, examining the texts he choose to set, and giving special attention to the formal solutions he adopted, as well as to issues of intertextuality pointing both inside and outside his oeuvre (Ockeghem, Josquin). A number of questions concerning both the Gattungsgeschichte of the motet and the personal style of the first native Italian composer of the Renaissance are pondered.


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