Bellerofonte Castaldi

Born: 1580

Died: 27th September 1649

Birthplace: Modena, Italy

Bellerofonte Castaldi was an Italian composer, poet and lutenist. His tabulatures are more complex than for example Kapsberger. Castaldi wrote male parts in his songs for tenors as he was opposed to the practice of castrati or male falsettists singing female parts in cantatas. In the preface to his collection, Primo mazzetto he writes that it is "laughable that a man with the voice of a woman should set about proposing to his mistress"

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