Instrument: Lute by Michael Lowe (Oxford, 1990) after M. Tieffenbrucker, 16th century
Playing time: 69'
Recording date: October 1997 (Torino)
Vincenzo Galilei (c.1530-1591) was one of the most innovative & important theoreticians of 16th century Italy, as well as a composer of some interest. Much of his music is for the lute and perhaps his most valuable theory text, the Fronimo on the present CD title, concerns the lute. It is the most important lute treatise of 16th century Italy. He was also, of course, the father of the epoch-making Galileo Galilei.
Galilei's theory and style were very contrapuntally oriented, and involved more rigor and less showmanship than comparable lute manuals of the time. He was also involved with the Florentine Camerata and their inquiries into ancient Greek music, some of which was reflected in his later theory, as well as in some of the titles of the lute music for the present program.
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