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Giorgio Mainerio

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Giorgio Mainerio (c. 1530-1540 - May 3 or 4, 1582) was an Italian musician and composer.

Mainerio was born in Parma between 1530 and 1540. His father was possibly of Scottish origin. This hypothesis is based on the fact that Giorgio in his signature used Mayner as family name. During his education he studied also music, but he did not start from the very beginning a musical carrier. In 1560, being a presbyter, he tried to be hired as chaplain and altarista by the church of Santa Maria Annunziata in Udine.

In Udine Mainerio spent ten years (from 1560 up to 1570) and there, thanks to his previous musical knowledge and to the lessons given to him by two local contrapuntists, Gabriele Martinengo (Maestro di cappella from 1562 to 1567) and Ippolito Chiamaterò (Maestro di cappella from 1567 to 1570), he started his musical carrier (which was surely more lucrative for him than the religious one). After the first three years in Udine he began to be interested in occultism (astrology, magic and necromancy) and there were rumours that -together with some women- he was attending night rites. The Inquisition in Aquileia started a preliminary investigation, pursuing a possible trial but, since no further evidence was found, the case was closed. Anyway, also after the end of his problems with the justice, Mainiero had more and more troubles with his colleagues of the Chapter of Udine and, after applying for a position at the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia, he decided to quit partially the job in Udine, motivating his decision with “impellent although honest reasons”.

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