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Gareth, Benedetto [o Benet] “il Cariteo”

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Person Born Died Gender Person ID
Benedetto [o Benet] “il Cariteo” Gareth Barcelona c. 1450 Naples 1514 M P0410

Instrument(s) Professional group Social status Social sphere Why is the person listed?
guitarra Musician Professional Court - royal Instrumentalist (plucked) Singer

Years active Place active Century Region
1496-1514 Barcelona Naples 15cent/3/late Naples
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In times of Fernando II (1458-94) the Barcelona-born poet and guitarrista (citaredo), Benedetto [or Benet] Gareth, (Barcelona c. 1450 - Naples 1514), known as “il Cariteo” was a poet singer and guitarrista in Naples. He was secretary to Ferdinand I and as secretary of state to Ferdinand II for whom he sang poems by Virgil at Ferdinand’s request (Haraszti, 12-31, cited in gasserM, 165) At Ferdinand’s wedding in 1496, he sang numerous frottole. He composed 32 frottole (Petrucci, Frottole, Libro nono, RISM 1509/2), one of which appears arranged for voice and lute in Bossinensis (Brown 1511/1, no 10, fol 11v = RISM 1509/2 fol 55v). Gásser comments that the simple conjunct melodic style is not unlike Milán’s. His poetry is edited in percope1892.

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gasserM Gasser, Luis. Luis Milán on Sixteenth-Century Performance Practice. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1996. 165
percope1892 Percope, Erasmo. Le rime di Benedetto Gareth detto il Chariteo. Biblioteca Napoletana di Storia e Letteratura, 1. Naples 1892.
haraszti1955 Haraszti, Emile. “La technique des Improvisateurs de langue vulgaire et de latin au quattrocento”. Revue Belge de Musicologie 9 (1955): 12-31. 12-31
haar1986 Haar, James. “Improvvisatori and their Relationship to Sixteenth-Century Music.” Essays on Italian Poetry and Music in the Renaissance, 1350-1600, Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press, 1986. 76-99
gallo1992 Gallo, F. Alberto. Musica nel castello: Trovatori, libri, oratori nelle corti italiane dal XII al XV secolo, Bologna: Il Mulino, 1992.
cardamone2001 Cardamone, Donna G. "Gareth, Benedetto." Grove Music Online. 2001; Accessed 4 Jan. 2020.
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