chapter  5
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The Collection and Dissemination of Neapolitan Music, c.1600–c.1790

Capaccio also referred to other Neapolitan libraries, in particular that of the Accademia degli Oziosi, established in Naples by the Marchese di Villa, Giovan Battista Manso, friend of Tasso and himself owner of a vast library. ere

are no explicit references to music books or scores in relation to any of these libraries; likewise no trace of music has shown up in the few inventories of noble Neapolitan families researched to date.10 us little is known about music collections in seventeenth-century Naples. is is a striking anomaly given Naples’ role as one of the great musical capitals of seventeenth-and eighteenthcentury Europe. is, in part, can be explained by the fact that, as we shall see, religious institutions were in charge of libraries that specialized in music and they were not open to outside visitors.11