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date: 22 August 2019

Jacopo da Bologna [Jacobus de Bononia; Magister Jachobus de Bononia]locked

  • Kurt von Fischer
  • , revised by Gianluca D’Agostino


[Jacobus de Bononia; Magister Jachobus de Bononia]

( fl northern Italy, 1340–?1386). Italian composer and music theorist. He belonged to the first generation of Italian trecento musicians.

Despite his important and influential position in early trecento music, no archival information has come to light about him. He was evidently a native of Bologna. According to Filippo Villani’s Florentine chronicle (see Galletti; also ed. G. Tanturli, Padua, 1997), ‘Jacobus Bononiensis’ worked together with Giovanni da Cascia at the court of Mastino II della Scala (d 1351) in Verona. Jacopo was presumably somewhat younger than Giovanni, to judge from his portrait in the Squarcialupi Codex (I-Fl 87), and younger also than Piero, who was likewise at the Scaligeri court. (If the evidence of another picture can be trusted – for illustration see Piero – Jacopo and Giovanni were distinctly younger than Piero; see Fischer, 1973.) A further date is established by the madrigal O in Italia...

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