We know very little about the life of Giovanni Battista Corvo (fl. 1554-5). His Liber primus mutettorum quinque vocum was published by Antonio Gardano in Venice, in 1555. He was probably from Como and dedicated the collection to Alessandro Farnese. Some of Corvo's motets are rather uncommon, as they are designated to unusual Saints like St. Julian, St. Severin and St Provino di Como ("Beati Provini Episcop Comensis").
Surge propera is a sensual and puzzling five-voice motet that starts the Mutettorum quinque vocum by Giovanni Battista Corvo (fl. 1554-5).
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Giovanni Battista Corvo (fl. 1554-5)
Mutettorum quinque vocum (Venice, 1555)
22 motets 5vv, 6vv, 8vv and 9vv