Layolle, Francesco de [Francesco dell’Aiolle, dell’Aiolli, dell’Ajolle, dell’Aiuola]
- Frank A. D’Accone
[Francesco dell’Aiolle, dell’Aiolli, dell’Ajolle, dell’Aiuola]
(b Florence, March 4, 1492; d Lyons, c1540). Italian composer and organist. There was some confusion about his identity because Einstein suggested that there were two musicians with this name. Archival research, however, has confirmed that he was the first, and at that time the only, member of his family to become a professional musician. His musical career began shortly after his 13th birthday, when he was appointed a singer in the chapel of the Florentine church of the SS Annunziata. There he became acquainted with the organist and composer Bartolomeo degli Organi, from whom he eventually received private instruction. The master-pupil relationship was evidently a close one, and in later years he married Maddalena Arrighi, a younger sister-in-law of Bartolomeo. He was a friend of Andrea del Sarto, who in 1511 painted Layolle’s portrait, together with his own and that of the architect Jacopo Sansovino, in a fresco depicting the journey of the Magi in the atrium of the SS Annunziata. Layolle remained in Florence until ...