Albuzio, Giovanni Giacopo [Albutio, Joan Jacomo, Hans Jacob von Mailandt]
- 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’, ...