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date: 14 October 2019

Zoilo, Cesarelocked

  • Harry B. Lincoln


(b Rome, 1584; d ?Rome, after 1622). Italian composer, son of Annibale Zoilo. A letter from his father in 1585 refers to him as being then one year old. As a boy he sang in the choir of S Maria Maggiore, Rome. He was maestro of Santo Spirito in Sassia, Rome, from 1610 to 1621; between 1619 and 1622 he also served as maestro di cappella, particularly for occasional special services, at the church of S Tommaso di Canterbury of the Collegio Inglese, Rome. According to the dedication of his Madrigali, he had also served as a musician in the household of Paolo Giordano Orsini, Duke of Bracciano. He seems to have wished to remain faithful to the tradition of vocal polyphony, for in the preface to his Madrigali he explained that they were intended for unaccompanied voices but that he had added a continuo part to conform to current practice in some places of performing such works with only two singers; he added that it would have been in tablature had not printing problems made this impossible....

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