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Libro primo de balli, gagliarde et correnti, a quattro voci Rome, and Libro primo di sinfonie a quattro Rome,p. Duke University Press, toccaha This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat At least six collections were published during his lifetime, two of which are currently lost.

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

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger

Among them was Athanasius Kircherwho described Kapsberger as a “superb genius” and attested that he has “successfully penetrated the lapsberger of music. After Kapsberger moved to Romewhere he quickly attained a reputation as a brilliant virtuoso.

Views Read Edit View history. Nothing is known about Kapsberger’s date and place of birth.


Baroque Notes – Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger

Kapsberger also wrote stage music, almost all kapsberter lost. Kapsberger’s writing is characterized, especially in toccatasby spontaneous toccatz, sharp contrasts, unusual rhythmic toccata and, sometimes, passages that do not conform to the rules of counterpoint that were kapsbreger use at the time. Around Kapsberger married Gerolima di Rossi, with whom he had at least three children.

Retrieved from ” https: He died in He started publishing his music at around the same time, with more than a dozen collections of music appearing during the next ten years. New York and London: In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Kapsberger worked in Francesco’s household until Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger also: 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.

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.

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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Preface to Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger: Prominent among these critics is lutenist Rolf Iapsberger 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.


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. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger. Kapsberger is best remembered as a composer for lute and theorbo.

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger – Wikipedia

These included the celebrated Libro I d’intavolatura di lautoKapsberger’s only surviving collection of music for lute. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Some contemporaries, such as Stefano Landimentioned that Kapsberger was not as meticulous a composer as he was as a performer.