Paolo Aretino

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Paolo Aretino (1508-1584) or Paolo Antonio del Bivi was a Renaissance era Venetian composer known for sacred music. He was choirmaster of Arezzo Cathedral,[1] and also wrote profane works, publishing two books of madrigals. He was also reported to have set sestinas by Petrarch.[2]


Selected works include:

  • Libro primo della madrigali cromati a 4
  • Deh dolce pastorella (no. 29)
  • Lament at ionii[3]


  1. ^ Thompson, Oscar; Slonimsky, Nicolas (1946). The International cyclopedia of music and musicians. 
  2. ^ Bernstein, Jane A. (1998). Music printing in Renaissance Venice: the Scotto Press, 1539-1572. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Burney, Charles (1789). A General History of Music: from the earliest ages to the present period, Volume 3. Payne and Sons. p. 182.