Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger (ca. 1581 – 1651)

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.
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Annemarie Dragosits

Keywords: basso continuo, Kapsperger, vocal music, harpsichord, ornamentation, affetto, passaggi, Rome
Duration: 2004-2012
Period: 13th century music
Musician type: keyboard
Host institution: Leiden University
Betrachtungen zu seinem Leben und Umfeld, seiner Vokalmusik und seinem praktischen Material zum Basso continuo-Spiel

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.

Prof. Frans de Ruiter, Prof. dr. h. c. Ton Koopman