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Drusina, Benedict de

E. Fred Flindell

in Oxford Music Online

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

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(b Drauensee, nr Elbing, East Prussia [now Elblag, Poland]; fl 1556–73). German lutenist and composer. The only biographical information about him is contained in the foreword to his first and more original publication, Tabulatura continens … quasdam fantasias; cantiones germanicas, italicas ac gallicas; passemezo; choreas et mutetas (RISM 1556³²), in which Drusina referred to his far-ranging travels in Italy while studying the lute; he had probably visited Milan, Padua and Venice. He also quoted an epigram in praise of the lute by Christoph Pannonius, professor at the University of Frankfurt an der Oder; he may have spent some time at the university about 1545–50, although his name does not appear on the matriculation lists (see Kosack). In mid 1573, while staying at the University of Wittenberg, he published Tabulatura continens … quasque cantiones (157325), a transcription into German lute tablature of Melchior Neusidler's two books in Italian tablature (...

Reference Entry.  390 words. 

Subjects: High Renaissance Music (1500-1600)

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