Argyropoulos, Isaac [Argiropulo, Isacco]
- Frank A. D’Accone
(bc1450; d Rome, 1508). Italian organist and organ builder. He was the son of the expatriate Greek scholar, Giovanni, who taught Greek philosophy at the Florentine Studio from 1456 to 1471. He studied both organ playing and organ building under Antonio Squarcialupi, who recommended him to Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza of Milan. He was employed at the duke's court from 1472 to 1474, and his keyboard virtuosity was as much admired there as it had been in Naples, Rome and Bologna. Though he maintained close ties with Florence, he later settled in Rome, where his knowledge of Greek gained him a post at the Vatican. His activities as an organ builder, repairman and consultant are recorded in, among other places, Milan (1472), Genoa (1475) and in Rome (1496). He has sometimes been confused with Heinrich Isaac.B. Becherini: ‘Relazioni di musici fiamminghi con la corte dei medici’, ...