Marchetto Cara


Born: 1465; Verona, Italy   Died: 1525; Mantua, Lombardia, Italy  
Marchetto Cara is generally recognized as one of the two most important composers of the pre-madrigal vocal form called the frottola. The other composer was Bartolomeo Tromboncino, and both had ties to the Mantuan Court where the frottola flourished in the early-16th century. Cara wrote more than 100 frottolas.

Marchetto Cara was born in Verona around 1460. Little is known of his childhood, though he almost certainly served as a
Read more choirboy, and likely had instruction on the lute. His earliest surviving composition was a Salve Regina, probably dating to the early-1490s. Cara became a cleric around this time, but would leave the religious life in 1497 to pursue musical interests. The decision to change careers was hardly sudden: records show he was in the service of the Mantuan Court as early as 1494; and three years later, with the blessing of the Court, he served temporarily as a musician for Cardinal Giovanni Colonna.

At the Mantuan Court, Cara's duties early on may have been limited to singing and lute-playing for the Marquis Francesco Gonzaga and his wife Isabella d'Este, but he would become, probably shortly after 1497, the Marquis' personal musical adviser and performer, serving as composer, singer and lutenist. For a time Tromboncino provided similar services for Isabella, but he departed in 1505, leaving his duties to Cara.

In the early-1500s Cara traveled to other major Italian cities to sing and play lute for various royalty, his tour including Florence to perform for the Midici family (1602) and Venice to entertain Elisabetta of Urbino (1603).

Cara was apparently well-paid by the Gonzagas, since he had amassed substantial wealth by the time of his death in 1625. He must also have exerted considerable influence over them as well: in 1506, Cara's younger brother Benedetto, a priest, was jailed for an illicit affair with a woman, but Cara obtained early release for him and secured a post for Benedetto in the Court choir.

In 1509 Cara's wife, Giovanna Moreschi, also a singer in the Court, died. He remarried Barbara Leale shortly afterward. In 1511 Cara was appointed maestro di cappella and given charge of the choir at the San Pietro Cathedral. He also retained directorship of secular musical performances at the Court. It appears he held this post until his death in late-1625. Read less
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    Dialogo d'Amore: Frottolas for Isabella d'Este / Falcone, L'Amorosa Caccia
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95759 Release Date: 03/06/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Lulinus Venetus,  Anonymous,  Joannes Gallus,  Marchetto Cara  ... 
    Performer:  Giulia Valentini,  Julie Roset,  Marcos Gutiérrez García
    Conductor:  Fabio Antonio Falcone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Amorosa Caccia
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    Live from the Revels Stage
    Label: Revels Records   Catalog: REVCD2019 Release Date: 10/18/2019   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Arthur Sullivan,  Traditional,  Ewan MacColl  ... 
    Performer:  David Coffin,  Louis Killen,  John Langstaff,  Megan Henderson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Revels Chorus,  Tapestry Ensemble
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    The Early Music Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503297 Release Date: 06/14/2019   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Hildegard of Bingen,  Berenguier de Palazol,  Giraut de Bornelh  ... 
    Performer:  Marco Ambrosini,  Maria D. Lafitte,  Thomas Wimmer,  Riccardo Delfino  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Turco,  Jeremy Summerly,  Michael Posch,  Marco Ambrosini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana,  Oxford Camerata,  Ensemble Unicorn  ... 
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    Leonardo da Vinci - La Musique Secrete / Raisin-Dadre, Doulce Memoire
    Label: Alpha Classics   Catalog: 456 Release Date: 05/10/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frater Petrus,  Marchetto Cara,  Anonymous,  Francesco Patavino  ... 
    Conductor:  Denis Raisin-Dadre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Doulce Mémoire
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    Venite amanti / Zanichelli, Pianca
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 37106 Release Date: 08/03/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bartolomeo Tromboncino,  Giovanni Pietro Mantovano,  Orlando de Lassus,  Jacques Arcadelt  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Zanichelli,  Luca Pianca
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    Il Cembalo di Partenope: A Renaissance Harpsichord Tale / Vicens
    Label: Carpe Diem   Catalog: 16312 Release Date: 04/28/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Valente,  Vincenzo Capirola,  Antonio De Cabezón,  Bartolomeo Tromboncino  ... 
    Performer:  Catalina Vicens
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    Quando Cala La Notte
    Label: Carpe Diem   Catalog: 16308 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Julius da Modena (aka Jul,  Phillippe Verdelot,  Andrea Antico,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Enea Sorini,  Corina Marti
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    Frottole - Popular Songs of Renaissance Italy / Ring Around Quartet
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573320 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Adrian Willaert,  Michele Pesenti,  Joan Ambrosio Dalza  ... 
    Performer:  Giuliano Lucini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ring Around Quartet
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    Fermate Il Passo: Tracing The Origins Of Opera
    Label: Arcana   Catalog: 376 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paolo Scotto,  Marchetto Cara,  Francesco Varoter,  Bartolomeo Tromboncino  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  VivaBiancaLuna Biffi
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    Capirola: Non ti spiacqua l'ascoltar - Lute Works 1517 / Paolo Cherici
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 470301 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hayne van Ghizeghem,  Marchetto Cara,  Antoine de Févin,  Vicenzo Capriola  ... 
    Performer:  Paolo Cherici
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    Musica Disonesta: Mitti E Racconti Dell'umanesimo
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 490001 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludovico Fogliani,  Anonymous,  Alessandro Demofonte,  Antonio Caprioli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonima Frottolisti
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    Music From The Spanish Kingdoms
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3447 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan del Encina,  Joan Albert Amargós,  Alonso Hernandez,  Anonymous  ... 
    Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Circa 1500
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    Frottole - Songs From The Courts Of Renaissance Italy / Hofbauer, Modena Consort
    Label: Pan Classics   Catalog: 10246 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marchetto Cara,  Anonymous,  Loyset Compčre,  Antoine Brumel  ... 
    Performer:  Hiram Santos,  René Genis,  Ulrike Hofbauer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Modena Consort
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    Glosas - Embellished Renaissance Music / Parrilla, Andueza, More Hispano
    Label: Carpe Diem   Catalog: 16285 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Raulin de Vaux,  Marchetto Cara,  Bartolomeo Tromboncino,  Luis de Narváez  ... 
    Performer:  Raquel Andueza
    Conductor:  Vicente Parrilla
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  More Hispano
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    Carnevale! - Songs, Frottole, Dances And Other Festive Music
    Label: Pandourion   Catalog: 100322 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Dufouilloux,  Giorgio Mainerio,  François de Layolle  ... 
    Performer:  Gayle Stuwe Neuman,  Philip Neuman,  Laura Zaerr
    Conductor:  Gayle Stuwe Neuman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  De Organographia,  Oregon Renaissance Band
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    Pinxit: Musical Fresco Of Renaissance In Bologna
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 450002 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rossino Mantovano,  Marchetto Cara,  Nicolo Pifaro,  Joan Ambrosio Dalza  ... 
    Conductor:  Roberto Cascio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Musicale di San Giacomo Maggiore di Bologna
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    Cantar a la Venetiana - Al Tempo e Nei Luoghi di Giorgione
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33831 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bartolomeo Tromboncino,  Marchetto Cara,  Marco Dall'Aquila,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Franco Pavan,  Alberto Rasi,  Leonardo Bortolotto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Instrumental Academy
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    Amor Fortuna
    Label: Studio West   Catalog: 5637580481 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bartolomeo Tromboncino,  Marchetto Cara,  Antonio Caprioli,  Marion Ceruti
    Performer:  Marion Ceruti
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    Francesco Petrarca Nelle Musiche Del Primo Cinquecento
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 450001 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Petrarch,  Bartolomeo Tromboncino,  Giovanni Razzi,  Johannes Lulinus Venetus  ... 
    Performer:  Elena Bertuzzi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort Veneto
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    The Da Vinci Collection / The Toronto Consort
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81357 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marchetto Cara,  Joan Ambrosio Dalza,  Antonio Caprioli,  Bartolomeo Tromboncino  ... 
    Performer:  Terry McKenna,  Alison Melville,  Ben Grossman
    Conductor:  David Fallis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Consort
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  • 21.
    Da Vinci - Music From His Time
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 82812 Release Date: 05/02/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Filippo de Lurano,  Johannes Ockeghem,  Josquin Des Préz,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Nancy Long,  Josep Benet,  Philippe Cantor,  Dirk van Croonenborgh  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul van Nevel,  Konrad Ruhland,  Michael Jaffee
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble,  Munich Capella Antiqua,  Niederaltaich Scholars  ... 
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  • 22.
    Da Vinci: Music Of His Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558057 Release Date: 03/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Agricola,  Heinrich Isaac,  Guillaume Dufay,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Shirley Rumsey,  Shirley Ramsey
    Conductor:  Michael Posch,  Sven Berger,  Jeremy Summerly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Unicorn,  Ensemble Villanella,  The Scholars of London  ... 
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    Music Of His Time - Raphael
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558119 Release Date: 10/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Alexander Agricola,  Josquin Des Préz,  Johannes Ghiselin  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Posch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Unicorn
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    Fire And Ice - Love Songs From 16th Century Venice
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 35 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joan Ambrosio Dalza,  Marchetto Cara,  Anonymous,  Bartolomeo Tromboncino  ... 
    Performer:  Clare Wilkinson
    Conductor:  Philip Thorby
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua of London
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    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 472002 Release Date: 09/04/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bartolomeo Tromboncino,  Josquin Des Préz,  Marchetto Cara
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