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Around Kapsberger married Gerolima di Rossi, with whom he had at least three children. He started publishing his music at around the same time, with more than a dozen collections of music appearing during the next ten years. 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. Libro primo de balli, gagliarde et correnti, a quattro voci Rome, and Libro primo di sinfonie a quattro Rome,p.

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Preface tocfata Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger: These included the celebrated Libro I d’intavolatura di lautoKapsberger’s only surviving collection of music for lute. 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.


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At least six collections were published during his lifetime, two of which are currently lost. He died in Libro Quarto d’Intavolatura di Chitarone”, 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 kapsberge. Nothing is known about Kapsberger’s date and place of birth.

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger also: Prominent among these critics is lutenist Rolf Lislevand: Kapsberger is best remembered as a composer for lute and theorbo. Among them was Athanasius Kircherwho described Kapsberger as a “superb genius” and attested that he has “successfully toccta the secrets of music.

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Kapsberger’s writing tocdata 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 time. Some contemporaries, such as Stefano Landimentioned that Kapsberger was not as meticulous a composer as he was as a performer.

Toccta 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 Kapsbwrger birthplace. After Kapsberger moved to Romewhere he quickly attained a reputation as a brilliant virtuoso. 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.


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

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Kapsberger also wrote stage music, almost all currently lost. Views Read Edit View history.

Duke University Press, This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat Retrieved from ” https: Kapsberger toccatw in Francesco’s household until 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.