Alfonso Ferrabosco The Elder (1543-1588)

A Thematic Catalogue of His Music with a Biographic Calendar

Richard Charteris


243 pp.

1 illustrations

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The existence of two composers with the name Alfonso Ferrabosco one of whom is the father and the other the son would cause great confusion except for the work of various scholars among them Richard Charteris. He has published the complete works of Ferrabosco the Elder in nine volumes and his articles on the composer have appeared in various international journals. As a companion volume to the Opera omnia Pendragon Press offers this Thematic Catalogue No. 11 in the series.

Discussed in the Preface are Ferrabosco’s influence on his contemporaries Byrd Tallis Parsons etc.; the significance of his contribution to the development of church music in England; his first-hand introduction of continental techniques of composition to his peers; the problems of dating due to lack of autographs and more. The lengthy Biographical Calendar is a detailed study of the events in the life of Alfonso Ferrabosco and contains many references hither to unpublished. Containing 242 incipits this catalogue is arranged by genre and/or scoring. The appendices will enable scholars to locate Ferrabosco’s pieces by title to pinpoint references to poets and composers to investigate literary sources manuscripts sources English versions of the French chansons and Italian madrigals and more. Pendragon welcomes this addition to its series.


Richard Charteris:


Emeritus Professor in Historical Musicology at the University of Sydney. He has published extensively in the field of music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, comprising a large number of monographs, scholarly articles and critical editions printed in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.


He is an authority on Giovanni Gabrieli and on a number of other composers as well as some collectors of the period, and he has uncovered a vast quantity of otherwise unknown early works and sources in northern hemisphere collections. Professor Charteris’s editions are used worldwide for concerts and recordings.


He is a Governor of the Dolmetsch Foundation of Great Britain, and a member of editorial boards in Europe and the USA. In 1990 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and in 2002 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London. Among awards he has received is the Centenary Medal in recognition of his contribution to international musicology. For further information, see his website: