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date: 17 November 2019

Colonna, Giovanni Ambrosiolocked

  • Robert Strizich
  • , revised by Gary R. Boye


(b ?Milan; fl ?1616–27). Italian guitarist, printer and possibly lutenist. He belonged to the second generation of a family of Milanese printers, and according to Picinelli he was nicknamed ‘lo Stampadorino’. In 1620 he was in the service of Count G.C. Borromeo and Duke Francesco Gallio of Alvito; by 1623 he was employed by Prince Theodoro Trivultio of Misocco. He compiled several books for five-course Baroque guitar containing his own battute accompaniments to popular songs and dances, including passacaglias, passamezzos, galliards and folias. The music is notated in the alfabeto tablature devised by Girolamo Montesardo in 1606, a system of chord notation in which letters of the alphabet designate fingering positions for various major and minor chords. In the first book of 1620 Colonna included instructions on reading the tablature, on the execution of strums and on the proper tempos for certain types of piece. The book also includes the earliest printed description of a transpositional system for three guitars of different tunings (called ...

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Journal of the Lute Society of America