Marco Antonio Cavazzoni

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Marco Antonio Cavazzoni (c. 1490 – c. 1560) was an Italian organist and composer. He was the father of composer Girolamo Cavazzoni.

All of his extant music is contained in the print Recerchari, motetti, canzoni [...] libro primo, which was published in Venice in 1523. Included are the earliest known ricercars—they are not yet imitative, and are essentially written down improvisations, but there is a considerable amount of thematic development. The rest of the works in the collection are either arrangements of vocal pieces by Cavazzoni or other composers. Their style is firmly rooted in the Renaissance vocal chanson tradition.

Published works[edit]

  • 2 Ricercari
  • 2 Mottetti: Salve Virgo, o Stella maris
  • 4 Canzoni: Perdone moi sie folie, Madame vous aves mon coeur, Plus ne regres, Lautre yor per un matin.

A single piece for keyboard Recercada de maca in bologna, now kept in the parochial archives of Castell’Arquato (Piacenza) in Emilia-Romagna (ms. Musicale n. 2, cc. 5v-6v).


  • Apel, Willi. 1972. The History of Keyboard Music to 1700. Translated by Hans Tischler. Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-21141-7. Originally published as Geschichte der Orgel- und Klaviermusik bis 1700 by Bärenreiter-Verlag, Kassel.
  • Slim, Colin H. "Marco Antonio Cavazzoni". In Deane L. Root (ed.). Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  • Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani - Volume 23 (1979) Cavazzoni, Marc'Antonio by Oscar Mischiati (Italian).

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