The rediscovery of the sixteenth-century manuscript containing tablatures for one, two and three lutes preserved in the Archive of the parish of San Liberale di Castelfranco Veneto dates from about twenty years ago. It was the curator, Mary Cusin Frattin, who identified it in a business envelope in a cupboard in the priest’s house, and communicated its existence to the scholar Franco Rossi. The latter announced the discovery to a wider audience in two articles which appeared in August 1991, and later to the musicological community in two far-reaching studies published in 1993 and 1996.
Finally, we should note the important publication, during 2000, of the musical catalogue of the Archive curated by Franco Rossi himself: this takes up the previous studies in one section, extending them and above all offering an incipitarium of the manuscript with a preliminary attempt to indicate concordances.1 In the meantime, the lutenist Paul O’Dette was recording two pieces from the manuscript with the permission Mary Cusin Frattin. The disc was issued in 1994 and was recorded on 28th and 29th September 1990 and 22nd February 1992 in the Skywalker Sound studio in California. It is not possible here to study the manuscript in greater depth. Rather, we shall try to offer a more precise picture of the compositions of Francesco da Milano contained in the collection, at the same time giving indications which may be useful for the continuation of research…)
The compositions of Francesco da Milano in the Castelfranco Veneto manuscript further considerations