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[Julio]

(fl 1546–87). Italian lutenist and composer. ‘Pestrin’ is Venetian dialect for ‘mill’ or ‘dairy’, and it has been thought that this may indicate his family’s occupation and Venetian origins; more recent evidence suggests that the name refers to his residence in Calle del Pestrin in the parish of San Stefano. He published at least seven volumes of solo lute music, of which only three are extant. A book of lute music by ‘Pestrin’, now lost, is listed in Vincenti’s catalogue of 1591; that this is by Abondante is confirmed by Giunta’s catalogue of 1604. Because of the different forms of Abondante’s name and the 41 years that elapsed between the publication of the first and fifth books, Eitner mistakenly concluded that ‘Julio Abondante’, composer of the first two books, and ‘Giulio Abundante, detto dal Pestrino’ or ‘Giulio dal Pestrino’, composer of the fifth book, were different musicians. In the dedications of his ...

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[Emmanuel]

(b Antwerp, c1554; d Antwerp, bur. Feb 27, 1604). Flemish lutenist, teacher and composer. He went to Rome to study in 1574, a visit that probably accounts for the Italian elements in his publications. He was a Protestant, but after the fall of Antwerp in 1585 he was compelled for political reasons to embrace the Catholic faith. With his brother Gysbrecht he opened a school for lutenists at Antwerp, but in 1587 they came into conflict with the musicians’ guild because neither of them was a member; later, however, Emanuel must have qualified as a freeman of the guild, for he occasionally assumed the title of master. He was appointed captain of the citizens’ watch, which brought him a regular income, and in 1595 he took part in the relief of the nearby town of Lier, which had been occupied by the Dutch. He moved in the highest circles in Antwerp, and the principal families doubtless admired his virtuosity as a lutenist and engaged him to perform. His publications brought him wider fame, and they were to be found in the libraries of many prominent people, among them Constantijn Huygens, King João IV of Portugal and Cardinal Mazarin. He was mentioned by Adrian Denss (...

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Anthony Newcomb

(b Treviso, c1535; d Ferrara, June 15, 1615). Italian instrumentalist and composer. He came from a family of North Italian musicians that had lived in Treviso since the mid-15th century. His father was the town trumpeter; his uncle and brother were musicians in the courts of Ferrara and Munich respectively. He was one of the three young men brought to the newly founded Accademia degli Elevati in Padua in 1557 as music tutors under Francesco Portinaro. His first published madrigals appeared, together with madrigals by Rore, Portinaro and other members of the group around Rore, in Rore’s fourth book of madrigals for five voices (RISM 1557²³). In 1560 the Accademia degli Elevati was dissolved and Alberti went to work for the Este court at Ferrara. He remained on the salary rolls there, listed among the instrumentalists as ‘Innocentio del Cornetto’, until the dissolution of the court early in ...

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Arthur J. Ness

[Albutio, Joan Jacomo, Hans Jacob von Mailandt]

(b Kleve; fl Milan, 1536). German lutenist, viola player and composer, active in Italy. He apparently resided in Milan long enough to acquire the epithet ‘from Milan’ and to be counted among the foremost musicians and composers of that city. His extant music consists of two lute fantasias which first appeared in Giovanni Antonio Casteliono’s Intabolatura de leuto de diversi autori (Milan, 1536/R; ed. R. Smith Brindle, Milan, 1978) and were reprinted in collections of lute music published in Nuremberg, Leuven (both 1552) and Venice (1563). They are characterized by a continuous unfolding of musical ideas within broad phrases that subvert any attempt at a cadence. G. Lefkoff’s Five Sixteenth Century Lute Books (Washington DC, 1960) contains transcriptions of Albuzio’s two fantasias.

R. Chiesa: ‘Storia della letteratura del liuto e della chitarra, XXXIII: il Cinquecento – Pietro Paolo Borrono; Joan Jacobo Albutio’, ...

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G. Yvonne Kendall

(b Dijon, France, March 17, 1520; d Langres, France, July 23, 1595). French cleric and dance manual author. Born Jehan Tabourot, son of Pierre Tabourot and Valentine Henriette Dubois, Thoinot Arbeau’s Burgundian family included noted writers and architects. His education in Dijon and Poitiers resulted in a law degree and a career in the church. After joining the Order of St Anthony, also known as the Confrérie de Saint-Didier, the order assigned him to the post of canon for the Department of Haute Marne, which included the dioceses of Dijon and Langres. His uncle Jean Pignard served this latter as cathedral composer and master of music. Later Tabourot was appointed parish treasurer and inspector for diocesan schools in Bar-sur-Aube. In 1567 he returned to Langres as vicar-general, a post that authorized him to speak for the bishop.

At the age of 62, Tabourot chose the anagrammic pseudonym Thoinot Arbeau and began to write. His first publication, an almanac of religious holidays titled ...

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Nigel Fortune

revised by Tim Carter

[‘Antonio di S Fiore’]

(b Albano, late 1541 or 1542; d Florence, bur. Nov 14, 1612). Italian singer, lutenist and ?composer, husband of Vittoria Archilei . He was in the service in Rome of Cardinal Alessandro Sforza dei Conti di S Fiora, who died on 16 May 1581, after which he entered the service of Cardinal Ferdinando de’ Medici. The latter became Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1587, and Archilei, with his wife, followed him to Florence, where he became a musician at court, with a salary of 18 scudi a month from 1 September 1588; his salary was reduced to 11 scudi on 30 November 1589 (though he continued to receive a monthly pension of 12 scudi granted for life by Cardinal Ferdinando in 1582). He participated in the spectacular intermedi marking Ferdinando’s wedding in 1589: he is known to have played one of two chitarroni accompanying his wife’s singing of the florid solo song ‘Dalle più alte sfere’ (ed. D.P. Walker, ...

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Walter Pass

(b Cremona, 1550–60; d ?Prague, after1611). Italian composer and instrumentalist, active in Bohemia. From 1582 until 1612 he served at the imperial court at Prague, where there were other instrumentalists with the same surname, of whom the older Alberto Ardesi may have been his father. He published ...

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Lavern J. Wagner

[Renverset, Jean]

(b Arras; d ?Madrid, 1582). Flemish organist active in Italy and Spain. On 1 January 1556 he was engaged at the ducal chapel of Parma. In 1580 he was organist in the chapel of Philip II of Spain, as is shown by a receipt that he signed for wages. His tenure there continued until his death. A madrigal by him, Due rose, is found in Josquino Persoens’s first book of madrigals (RISM, 1570²8). A chanson by him was published by Phalèse (RISM, 15754).

Jean d’Arras should not be confused with a younger man of the same name who was listed in 1596 as a mozzo de capilla (‘youth in the chapel’) to Philip II, and to whom further references occur in listings of chapel personnel in 1598, 1599 and 1608.

Vander Straeten MPB P. Becquart: Musiciens néerlandais à la cour de Madrid: Philippe Rogier et son école 1560–1647...

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Christoph Wolff

[Johann]

Member of Bach family

(b Andelsbuch, Vorarlberg, c1555; d Nürtingen, Dec 1, 1615). Violinist and court musician. He became a Spielmann (violinist) and jester at the Stuttgart court of Duke Ludwig of Württemberg about 1585, and in 1593 he followed the widowed Duchess Ursula to the court of Nürtingen, where he remained until his death. He apparently often travelled, both alone and in the court entourage. Of his work all that survives is the text of a narrative song of 1614 describing a visit to the town of Weil (Hanss Baachens Lobspruch zur Weil der Statt: ‘Es ist nun über zwantzig Jahr’); its manner is reminiscent of the late medieval style of Oswald von Wolkenstein. There are two extant portraits of him, an etching of about 1605 and an engraving of 1617. The etching bears the inscription:

Hie siehst du geigen/Hansen Bachen

Wenn du es hörst/so mustu lachen...

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Emilio Ros-Fábregas

(b Ecija, province of Seville, c1460; d after 1524). Spanish poet, vihuelist and composer. He was one of the leading Castilian poets of the generation of Juan del Encina; one of his poems received a response by Pedro de Cartagena, who died in 1485. His poetic style, quick-witted sallies and ingenious conceits were praised long after his death by Lope de Vega and Baltasar Gracián. His poetry is characterized by a desperate amatory vein in which suffering and death are always present. He is supposed to have been imprisoned for some time, owing to a madness brought on by an incestuous passion for a close relation, probably his sister. He is last recorded attending an imperial feast in Toledo in 1525.

The Cancionero General (Valencia, 1511/14/R, 2/1520/R) contains eight poems attributed to ‘Badajoz el músico’, and there are five villancicos and three canciones ascribed to ‘Badajoz’ in the ...

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(b Brassó [Kronstadt], Transylvania [now Braşov, Romania], 1526–30; d Padua, Aug 22, 1576). Hungarian lutenist and composer. His biography, formerly founded on inadequate documentation and misconstruction of available facts, has been badly distorted; more recently discovered evidence and reinterpretation of received data allow a far more accurate story to be given. Bakfark’s family belonged to the German minority in Transylvania; the Hungarian form ‘Bálint’ for his Christian name, common in modern scholarship, is not found in contemporaneous sources. From 1565 he preferred the form ‘Greff alias Bakfark’ for his surname, which has also undergone variation in spelling in modern scholarship beyond what occurred during his lifetime. Bakfark’s father Thomas was a lutenist, and so were his brother Michael (probably) and Michael’s son Johannes (two dances ed. in Valentini Bakfark opera omnia, iii, appx 1–2). Valentin Bakfark’s date of birth was formerly believed to be 1507 (or 1506/...

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Jeanette B. Holland

revised by Arthur J. Ness

(fl Piacenza, 1554). Italian lutenist and composer. He is known only from his lutebook Intabolatura de lauto … di varie sorte de balli … libro primo (Venice, 1554; ed. G. Lefkoff, Five Sixteenth Century Venetian Lute Books, Washington DC, 1960). The dedication to Conte Honorio Scotto was signed in Piacenza. Most of the 14 pieces in the volume are familiar Italian dance forms: there are two paduana and saltarello pairs, a work based on the romanesca (La favorita), and two pieces on the bergamasca harmonic formula (I–IV–V–I). The first of these, Il sgazzotte, is an independent work, but the second is a ‘represe’ for La moretta and is a striking piece of more than 50 virtuoso variations. Several dances (La rocha il fuso, Ciel turchino and Non ti partir da me) use popular song melodies; Non ti partir appeared later as Ti parti cor mio caro...

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Arthur J. Ness

(fl Padua, c1545–50). Italian priest, composer, lutenist and guitarist. He composed or intabulated books 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10 in Girolamo Scotto’s ten volume series of lute tablatures (Venice, 1546–9), which also included tablatures by Francesco da Milano, Rotta, Giovanni Maria da Crema and Borrono. Barberiis’s name is absent from lists of prominent Paduan musicians of the time, and only two of his pieces were reprinted in later collections. At best, his five books preserve the practical repertory of a ‘sonatore eccellentissimo di lautto’ who had little or no formal musical training.

Barberiis’s ricercares, fantasias and canzonas, some of which are in two or three sections, are usually constructed from a succession of chords (often drawn from madrigals or dances) filled out and linked by ornamental passage work. One fantasia is a simple gloss upon a composition by Francesco da Milano. Book 4 (1546...

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Carol MacClintock

revised by Dinko Fabris

(b ?Padua c1540; d after 1603). Italian lutenist and composer. Title-pages of his publications refer to him as ‘Padoano’. Padua was one of the centres of lute building and teaching. Barbetta's surviving lute books are among the most important Italian sources for the old six-course (‘second l'uso antico’) and new seven-course lute. The dedications of some of his publications to German aristocrats suggests connections with Germany (through German students at the University of Padua). His music was well known in northern Europe: ten gagliardas and two of the passamezzos from his first book (1569) were reprinted in Theatrum musicum (RISM 157116) without attribution to Barbetta.

His compositions show the traditional Italian preference for lute fantasias, dance forms of all kinds and vocal intabulations. The first book of intabulations contains only pieces for solo lute: paduanas, gagliardas, passamezzos and fantasias. His 1582 book was issued in two versions, one with a Latin title and German text and another with Italian title and text. The collection contains original lute pieces (preambles, fantasies, dances) and intabulations of vocal works – madrigals and motets by Janequin, Wert, Lassus and Mouton. The ...

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Anthony Newcomb

[Orazio della Viola]

(b Cento, c1550; d Nov 8, 1615). Italian instrumentalist and composer. Bassani was a renowned virtuoso of the viola bastarda. He entered the service of the Farnese court at Parma as a viola player on 1 November 1574. His service there was interrupted by a brief period with Cardinal Farnese in Rome in 1583. During the 1580s and 90s the courts of Mantua and Ferrara tried vigorously but unsuccessfully to lure Bassani to their own music establishments. Upon the death of Ottario Farnese in October 1586, Bassani was called to the service of Alessandro Farnese in Brussels, with an annual pension of 300 gold scudi. Upon the death of Alessandro Farnese in 1592, he returned to Parma and the service of Duke Ranuccio Farnese, who commissioned Agostino Caracci to paint the portrait of Bassani now in the Museo nazionale di Capodimonte in Naples. After returning to Rome again in ...

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Carol MacClintock

revised by Iain Fenlon

[Belgioioso, Baldassare de; ‘Baltazarini’]

(b Piedmont, c1535; d c1587). Italian ballet-master and violinist. He went to France in about 1555 as leader of a band of violinists sent by the Maréchal de Brissac to Catherine de' Medici; soon he adopted French nationality and changed his name to Balthasar de Beaujoyeux. Beaujoyeux was not only a good musician and a competent violinist, but also a tactful and successful courtier who rapidly found favour with his French masters, serving successively as valet de chambre to the sovereign, to Queen Catherine, Mary Stuart, Charles IX and Henri III of Valois. His principal duties at court were those of ballet-master and ‘master of the revels’, devising and superintending a variety of court entertainments, including masquerades, pastorals and intermedi. Influenced on the one hand by the performances of the Italian travelling troupe, the Compagnia dei Gelosi, then in Paris, and on the other by the aesthetics of the Pléiade, Beaujoyeux' choreographic skills found full expression in the luxurious and costly ...

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Jeanette B. Holland

revised by Arthur J. Ness

(b Parma, Dec 19, 1522; d 1566). Italian lutenist and composer. The baptismal records at Parma indicate his place and date of birth (see N. Pelicelli, NA, ix, 1932, pp.112–29, esp.123). His one surviving publication, Libro primo d’intabulatura da leuto … con alcuni balli, napolitane, madrigali, canzon francese, fantasie, recercari (Venice, 1568, ed. G. Lefkoff: Five Sixteenth Century Venetian Lute Books, Washington DC, 1960), may have first appeared earlier; it divides into three parts by genre: dances, intablulations, and fantasias and ricercares. The four passamezzos ‘alla millanesa’ and their saltarello pairs, the romanesca and the favorita, each consist of three variations; the final dance Madama mi domanda, the title of which refers to a vocal piece, consists of two. Some of the pieces in the second part of the volume seem to be Becchi’s own compositions based on popular tunes. This section also includes an intabulation of Rore’s ...

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Michel Renault

(b in or near Le Mans, c1525–30; d after 1584). French lutenist and composer. According to La Croix du Maine (Les bibliothèques françoises de La Croix du Maine et de Du Verdier, Paris, 1772–3/R, ii, 11) he was working in Maine in 1584. His only known work was published in Paris in 1556 by Nicolas Du Chemin: the Premier livre contenant plusieurs motetz, chansons & fantasies reduictz en tabulature de leut (ed. M. Renault, Paris, 1976) which contains eight vocal transcriptions and seven fantasias. Six of the songs (by Arcadelt, Gentian, Certon, Pathie and Sandrin) are highly ornate, and show Belin to have been an accomplished virtuoso and a skilful elaborator of vocal polyphony. The other two transcriptions (a motet, Cantate Domino, and a song, Les bourguignons) are intabulated without ornamentation, and since they bear no indication of authorship it is possible that they are by Belin himself....

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Edward H. Tarr

(b in or nr Verona; d ?Munich, 1617). Italian trumpeter and writer on the trumpet. He was active as a trombonist in Schwerin from 1562 to 1565. From 1567 he was in Vienna and then from 1580 until his death he was chief court trumpeter in Munich. In 1614 he presented the Accademia Filarmonica in Verona with a manuscript trumpet method, Tutta l'arte della trombetta (ed. in DM, 2nd ser., v, 1975; Eng. trans., 1976), the earliest one now known, the contents of which he had collected from the best players of his day or written himself. His method is of historical importance because it contains the first dated pieces, of 1584, 1587 and 1588, for the clarino register of the trumpet, and elucidates the late Renaissance practice of improvising over a second or ‘sonata’ part in a five-part trumpet ensemble. He claimed too to have been the first to apply tonguing syllables – an important aid to both articulation and register placement – to the trumpet. He also presented the academy with his trumpet, made by Anton Schnitzer in ...

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Anthony Newcomb

(b Salò, March 26, 1547; d ?Rome, after 1609). Italian instrumentalist and composer. Bernardino was the son of Agostino, from 1571 to 1582 maestro di cappella of Salò Cathedral and a member of a famous family of instrumentalists and instrument makers. He was employed as an instrumentalist at the court of Ferrara from December 1578 until its dissolution early in 1598. A letter (in I-MOs ) states that one of his functions at Ferrara was as a violinist. He served Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga of Mantua briefly in 1598 and dedicated the third book of madrigals to him. He was almost certainly employed as a trombonist at S Luigi dei Francesi, Rome, in March 1600 and, according to the title-page of the third book of madrigals, in 1609 he was instrumentalist of the pope in Castel S Angelo in Rome. He was a composer of minor importance and managed to preserve the conventional style of the canzonetta-madrigal even in the midst of the revolutionary developments in style characteristic of the early 1590s in Ferrara. A comparison of his setting of ...