Antonio Valente

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Antonio Valente (fl. 1565–80) was an Italian Renaissance organist and composer. He was blind from childhood and served as organist of Sant'Angelo a Nilo in Naples in 1565–80. During that time he published two collections of keyboard instruments music: Intavolatura de cimbalo (1 fantasia, 6 ricercares, Salve regina, 3 intabulations, 6 sets of variations, and 3 dances; 1575) and Versi spirituali (43 versets; 1580). Nothing else is known about his life. In 1601 he was listed among the deceased organists of Naples.

Valente's second collection is historically important as one of the earliest instances of liturgical music free from any ties with the chant. Versi spirituali provides a wealth of diverse, freely composed pieces that cover the entire liturgy—the Mass and the Daily Offices. Valente's 1575 print, although of considerably lower quality, is also a major landmark in the history of Italian keyboard music, for together with Rocco Rodio's Libro di ricercate (1575) it constitutes the earliest work of the so-called Neapolitan school, which later produced composers such as Ascanio Mayone and Giovanni Maria Trabaci.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini and his collection of Harpsichords Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini 1
2000 Viva Rey Ferrando Hespèrion XX, Jordi Savall 1
2001 Ostinato Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall 1
2009 Air. A Baroque Journey Daniel Hope 1
2010 El nuevo mundo: folías criollas Montserrat Figueras, Tembembe Ensamble Continuo, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall 1
2011 Baroque Oriental Valer Barna-Sabadus, Pera Ensemble, Mehmet C. Yeşilçay 1
Italian Music for Lute / Baroque Guitar and Harpsichord / Chamber Organ 1550 - 1760 Jürgen Hübscher, Alfred Gross 2
Music for the Spanish Kings Hespèrion XX, Jordi Savall 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 España antigua Hespèrion XX, Jordi Savall 1
2010 111 Years of Deutsche Grammophon: The Collectors' Edition 2 Various Artists 1

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