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MARCO ANTONIO CAVAZZONI  

(1490 - 1560)

Cavazzoni was born into a noble family in Bologna at an unknown date toward the end of the 15th century. His playing was called ‘divino’ while he was still a teenager, and his precocious talents, together with his good upbringing, must have smoothed his path into the service of the Duchess of Urbino, daughter of Isabella d’Este, before 1512; he most likely followed her into exile back at her hometown Mantua in 1516. Those early years earned him the sobriquet ‘d’Urbino’. Later he is documented as a private harpsichordist to Leo X in Rome, as colleague and eventual successor to Vincenzo da Modena, who had played a pedal harpsichord to the famous Duke of Ferrara, Ercole I (his patroness’s grandfather) on his deathbed. The oldest harpsichord still in existence was owned by that most extravagant and most melomane of the Renaissance popes, who is said to have kept Cavazzoni ‘very close to him’; it is pictured on our cover. Later still we find Cavazzoni as a member of the charmed Venetian circle around Bembo, Aretino (who addressed two of his famous letters to him), and Titian. Posts as organist at Chioggia and as a chorister at San Marco (intermittently from 1517) rounded off his illustrious career; he died sometime after 1560.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
CAVAZZONI, M.A.: Ricercada di Marcantonio da Bologna / Himni / FOGLIANO, G.: Ricercari (Filippi, Buffi) Tactus
TC550003
Instrumental
CAVAZZONI, M.A.: Works (Complete) / Italian Ricercars (G. Wilson) Naxos
8.572998
Instrumental
Harpsichord Recital: Vicens, Catalina - VALENTE, A. / CABEZÓN, A. de / TROMBONCINO, B. (Il Cembalo di Partenope - A Renaissance Harpsichord Tale) Carpe Diem
CD-16312
Instrumental
Organ Music - CAVAZZONI, M. / FOGLIANO, J. / ANTICO, A. / VALENTE, A. / MACQUE, G. (Historic Organ Series, Vol. 7) (Marcon) Divox
CDX-70005
Instrumental
Organ Music - FRESCOBALDI, G.A. / BANCHIERI, A. / GABRIELI, A. / TROMBONCINO, B. / PICCHI, G. / CIMA, G.P. / CAVAZZONI, G. / CAVAZZONI, M.A. (Ricci) Tactus
TC470001
Instrumental
Organ Music - PASQUINI, E. / BONELLI, A. / FOGLIANO, G. / SEGNI, J. / MACQUE, G. de / MERULA, T. (Maestri Padani e Fiamminghi) (Tagliavini, Tamminga) Tactus
TC460001
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Questa, Giorgio - From Frescobaldi to Brahms (A Homage to Giorgio Questa and His Portable Pipe Organ) Dynamic
CDS687
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Scandali, Luca - VEGGIO, C. / CAVAZZONI, M.A. / HOFHAIMER, P. / BULL, J. / BYRD, W. (L'Organo in Europa fra Rinascimento e Barocco) Tactus
TC510002
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Tagliavini, Luigi Ferdinando / Tamminga, Liuwe - GABRIELI, A. / GABRIELI, G. / PADAMI, M. / FIAMMINGHI, M. / Tactus
TB460090
Instrumental
Vocal and Instrumental Recital: Sorini, Enea / Marti, Corini - SEGNI, J. / CARA, M. / VERDELOT, P. / DUPRÉ, E. / FESTA, S. (Quando cala la notte) Carpe Diem
CD-16308
Instrumental




 
 
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