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Del Turco, Giovanni

David S. Butchart

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Florence, June 21, 1577; d Florence, Sept 20, 1647). Italian composer and court administrator. He was a nobleman and belonged to the Knights of St Stephen, a military order based in Pisa. He was probably an associate of the circle of Florentine poets and musicians that had Jacopo Corsi as its patron from about 1592 to 1602. He received musical tuition from Marco da Gagliano, who, dedicating his second book of madrigals (1604) to him, praised his talents and compositions. Del Turco published his own first book of madrigals in 1602, and Gagliano included single pieces by him in his first four madrigal books between then and 1606; that in the second book is a lament on Corsi's death. Del Turco became secretary of Gagliano's Accademia degli Elevati, which was founded in 1607. In the same year he is mentioned in Monteverdi's Scherzi musicali, by the latter's brother Giulio Cesare, as one of the ‘gentlemen of that heroic school’ whose practice Monteverdi followed. In ...

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Subjects: Baroque Music

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