Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger (ca. 1581 – 1651)

Betrachtungen zu seinem Leben und Umfeld, seiner Vokalmusik und seinem praktischen Material zum Basso continuo-Spiel

Researcher:
Annemarie Dragosits
Supervising team:
Prof. Frans de Ruiter, Prof. dr. h. c. Ton Koopman
Musician type:
keyboard
Keywords:
affetto, basso continuo, harpsichord, kapsperger, ornamentation, passaggi, rome, vocal music
Duration:
2004-2012
Century:
13th century music

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Abstract

The thesis presents a new perspective on Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger (ca.1580-1651), who is nowadays only famous for his works for theorbo and lute, his remarkable output of vocal music of all genres being still mostly neglected from musicologists and performers. 

The thesis aims to change the perception of the composer via three different angles: A reconstruction of his life and career with a substantial amount of new biographical information builds one pillar of the book, whereas in the second part his vocal works are approached and contextualized as prototypes of radical „stile novo“ in Roman characteristic. The last third is dedicated to questions about basso continuo and Roman performance practice in Kapsperger’s lifetime, dealing also with the composers’ own material on continuo as fount of inspiration for continuo players of all instruments. 

 

Related events

December 4, 2012 (16h15)

Annemarie Dragosits' PhD defense

On Tuesday, December 4 2012 Annemarie Dragosits publicly defended her doctoral dissertation Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger (ca. 1581 - 1651): Betrachtungen zu seinem Leben und Umfeld, seiner Vokalmusik und seinem praktischen Material zum Basso continuo-Spiel at Leiden University. 

December 3, 2012 (20h00)

Annemarie Dragosits' PhD concert

Ein Panorama der geistlichen und weltlichen Vokalmusik von Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger

In the context of her doctoral dissertation Annemarie Dragosits organised a concert, performed by Ensemble Vivante on Monday, December 3 2012.