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Nothing is known about Kapsberger’s date and place of birth. Among them was Athanasius Kircherwho described Kapsberger as a “superb genius” and attested that he has “successfully penetrated the secrets of music.

Category:Kapsperger, Giovanni Girolamo

Views Read Edit View history. Kapsberger worked in Francesco’s household until Libro Ka;sberger d’Intavolatura di Chitarone”, Some contemporaries, such as Stefano Landimentioned that Kapsberger was not as meticulous a composer as he was as a performer.

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This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat New York and London: In other projects Wikimedia Commons. These included the celebrated Libro I d’intavolatura di lautoKapsberger’s only surviving collection of music for lute.

Kapsberger also wrote stage music, almost all currently lost. A prolific and highly original composer, Kapsberger is chiefly remembered today for his lute and theorbo chitarrone music, which was seminal in the development of these as solo instruments. Retrieved from ” https: Toccaga, a compositional treatise by Kapsberger, Il Kapsperger della musicawas announced in in the preface to Libro quarto d’intavolatura di chitarronebut is now lost.


Around Kapsberger married Gerolima di Rossi, with whom he had at least three children. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Kapsberger’s kapsbergwr is characterized, especially in toccatasby spontaneous changes, sharp contrasts, unusual rhythmic groupings and, sometimes, passages that do not conform to the rules of counterpoint that were in use at the kqpsberger. 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.

At least six collections were published during his lifetime, two of which are currently lost. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. After Kapsberger moved to Romewhere he quickly attained a reputation as a brilliant virtuoso.

He died in Libro primo de balli, gagliarde et correnti, a quattro voci Rome, and Libro primo di sinfonie a quattro Rome,p. Kapbserger University Press, He started publishing his music at around the same time, with more than a dozen collections of music appearing during the next ten years.


He cultivated connections with various powerful individuals and organizations; and himself organized “academies” in his house, which were counted among the “wonders of Rome”.

Baroque Notes – Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger

His father Colonel Wilhelm Tcocata von Kapsperger was a military official of the Imperial House of Austria, and may have settled kapberger Venicethe city which may have been Kapsberger’s birthplace. Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger also: Preface to Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger: Kapsberger is best remembered as a composer for lute and theorbo.

Prominent among these critics is lutenist Rolf Lislevand: 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.

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.