Giovan Leonardo Primavera

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Giovan Leonardo Primavera (c. 1540–1585) was an Italian Renaissance composer and poet. Born in Barletta, he spent most of his working life in Naples, with some time in other Italian cities such as Venice, Milan, and Loreto.[1] [2]

His works consist primarily of madrigals and three-voice napolitane (secular songs, of a light character, in Neapolitan dialect), based on texts by poets such as Petrarch, Sannazaro, and Tansillo, and a few by himself. His most famous work, the madrigal Nasce la gioja mia, was the model for a parody mass by Palestrina. He was a friend of the composer Carlo Gesualdo, to whom he dedicated his last book of madrigals.[2] [3]


  1. ^ Cardamone, Donna G. (1980), "Primavera", The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, London: Grove
  2. ^ a b "Giovan Leonardo Primavera", Choral Public Domain Library,, retrieved November 29, 2012
  3. ^ Phillips, Peter (1986), "(liner notes)", Palestrina Masses: Missa Brevis, Missa Nasce la gioja mia, Oxford, UK: Gimell, CD, cat. #454908-2

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