Composer Details:

 Name: Festa 
 First Name: Costanzo 
 Year of birth: 1480 
 Year of death: 10.04.1545 
 Country of birth: Italy 
Festa Costanzo, born ca. 1480 in Villafranca Piemonte (near Turin), died on 10th April 1545 in Rome; Italian composer and one of the first Italian representatives of the imitated motet style and madrigal composition. In 1517 he began his work at the Pontifical cathedral in Rome. Works of him which are still preserved contain 2 books madrigals (for 3 voices) (Venice 1541 and 1543), magnificat (for 4 voices) (ibidem 1554) and litanies (for 8 voices) (Munich 1583) as well as masses and a large number of motets, hymns, magnificats and lamentations predominantly in handwritten transmissions. His Te Deum is still being sung at major festivities in the Vatican. Edition: Opera omnia, edited by A. MAIN, =CMM XXV Antwerpen 1962 et seqq. - 15 motets, 2 hymns and one magnificat in: Sacrae cantiones 3-6 v., edited by E. DAGNINO, = Monumenta polyphomae Ital. II, Rome 1936; Hymni per totum annum 3-6 v., edited by GL. HAYDON, ibidem III, 1958. Lit.: GL. HAYDON: The Hymns of C. F., JAMS XII, 1958- A MAIN: C. F., The Masses and Motets, Diss. NY Univ I960- H MUSCH: C. F. as madrigal composer, =Slg mw. Abh L'XI Baden-Baden 1977. 
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