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Around Kapsberger married Gerolima di Rossi, with whom he had at least three children.

Baroque Notes – Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Prominent among these critics is lutenist Rolf Lislevand: Nothing is known about Kapsberger’s date and place of birth.

Kapsberger also wrote stage music, almost kapsberher currently lost. Libro Quarto d’Intavolatura di Chitarone”, Retrieved from ” https: He cultivated connections with various powerful individuals and organizations; and himself organized “academies” in his house, which were counted among the “wonders of Rome”.

Some contemporaries, such as Stefano Landimentioned that Kapsberger was not as meticulous a composer as he was as a performer.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. His father Colonel Wilhelm Guglielmo von Kapsperger was a military official of the Imperial House of Austria, and may have settled in Venicethe city which may have been Kapsberger’s birthplace.

Preface to Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger: After Kapsberger moved to Romewhere he quickly attained a reputation as a brilliant virtuoso. Libro primo de balli, gagliarde et correnti, a quattro voci Rome, and Libro primo di sinfonie a quattro Rome,p.


He died in Kapsberger’s other music includes two collections of instrumental ensemble dances, rare for the period, and a wealth of vocal music, which was widely performed during his lifetime, but which is now critically less acclaimed. Regardless of how one regards his compositional prowess, Kapsberger was one of the principal composers of lute and theorbo music during the early Baroque era together with Alessandro Piccinini and greatly contributed towards advancing European plucked string instruments of the time.

Category:Kapsperger, Giovanni Girolamo

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger. He started publishing his music at around the same time, with more than a dozen collections of music appearing during the next ten years. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Duke University Press, New York and London: Among them was Athanasius Kircherwho described Kapsberger as a “superb genius” and attested that he has “successfully penetrated the secrets of music.

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger

Kapsberger is best remembered as a composer for lute and theorbo. A prolific and highly original composer, Kapsberger is chiefly remembered today for his lute and theorbo chitarrone music, which was seminal tocata the development of these as solo instruments.


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Kapsberger worked in Francesco’s household until Also, a compositional treatise by Kapsberger, Il Kapsperger della musicawas announced in in the preface to Libro quarto d’intavolatura di chitarronebut is now lost. These included the celebrated Libro I d’intavolatura di lautoKapsberger’s only surviving collection of music for lute.

At least six collections were published during his lifetime, two of which are currently lost. This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger also: Kapsberger’s writing is characterized, especially in toccatasby spontaneous changes, sharp contrasts, unusual rhythmic groupings and, sometimes, passages that do not kpasberger to the rules of counterpoint that kapsbdrger in use at the time.

This list only includes works published during the composer’s lifetime; the few pieces that survive in manuscripts, as well as pieces of questionable attribution, are not included.