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Bassano family [Bassani, Piva]locked

  • David Lasocki,
  • Denis Arnold
  •  and Fabio Ferraccioli


Italian family of musicians, instrument makers and composers, active in England. The family originated in Bassano del Grappa, about 65 km north-west of Venice, where they were known as Piva. Jeronimo [Gieronymo, Hieronymus] (i) (d ?Venice, ?1546–50), the founder of the musical dynasty, is first recorded in a contract of his father's dated 24 March 1481; in February 1502 he and his eldest son Jacomo [Jacopo] (...

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A. Ashbee and D. Lasocki, eds.: A Biographical Dictionary of English Court Musicians, 1485-1714 (Aldershot, 1998)
A. Ashbee: Records of English Court Music (Snodland/Aldershot, 1986-95)