Guglielmo Ebreo

(c. 1420—1481)

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(bc.1420; dc.1481)

Italian dancing master. He studied with Domenico da Piacenza in the 1440s and travelled extensively between major Italian courts including Naples, Urbino, Milan, and Ferrara (where he was dancing master to Isabella d'Este), teaching, performing, and choreographing court festivities. In 1480 he was recommended as the finest dancer in Italy. He was also author of Guglielmi Hebraei pisauriensis de pratica seu arte tripudii vulgari opusculum (1463), a treatise in which he defended the nobility of the art of dance, emphasizing the important role of music, describing the qualities necessary for dancers (memory, style, posture, musicality, etc.), and recording dances by himself and his contemporaries.

Subjects: Dance.

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