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The Milanese composer missed off the musical map

The official website of Milan Cathedral offers a history of the eminent musicians who have worked at the building. Among those listed as having served as choristers, choir directors and organists are several whose fame stretched far beyond: Josquin des Prez, Franchinus Gaffurius, Vincenzo Ruffo and Johann Christian Bach. Alongside these well-known figures there are a dozen other names included, musicians who were part of the building’s history without making a significant impact on the wider world. However, one name that does not feature at all is the man who was maestro di capella at the cathedral from 1522 until 1550: Matthias Werrecore. ‘So what?’ you might say. After all, it’s not uncomm

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