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Kapsberger is best remembered as a composer for lute and theorbo.

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger

Libro primo de balli, gagliarde et correnti, a quattro voci Rome, and Libro primo di sinfonie a quattro Rome,p. Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger also: At least six collections were published during his lifetime, two of which are currently lost.

He started publishing his music at around the same time, with more than a dozen collections of music appearing during the next ten years. Around Kapsberger married Gerolima di Rossi, with whom he had at least three children.

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.

Prominent among these critics is lutenist Rolf Lislevand: Duke University Press, Kapsberger also wrote stage music, almost kapsberver currently lost.

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 toccafa European plucked string instruments of the time.


He died in 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.

Preface to Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger: Retrieved from ” https: 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.

Baroque Notes – Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger. New York and London: These included the celebrated Libro I d’intavolatura di lautoKapsberger’s only surviving collection of music for lute.

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Also, a compositional treatise by Kapsberger, Il Kapsperger della musicawas announced in in the preface to Libro quarto d’intavolatura di chitarronetoccatz is now lost. Kapsberger worked in Francesco’s household until Kapsberger’s writing 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 time.


He cultivated connections with various powerful individuals and organizations; and himself organized “academies” in his house, which were counted among the “wonders of Rome”. Nothing is known about Kapsberger’s date and place of birth. Some contemporaries, such as Stefano Landimentioned that Kapsberger was not as meticulous a composer as kalsberger was as a performer.

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger – Wikipedia

Views Read Edit View history. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. After Kapsberger moved to Romewhere he quickly attained a reputation kapsberher a brilliant virtuoso. Libro Quarto d’Intavolatura di Chitarone”, This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat 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 toccatta been Kapsberger’s birthplace.

Among them was Athanasius Kircherwho described Kapsberger as a “superb genius” and kapsbergerr that he has “successfully penetrated the secrets of music. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.