Giovanni Maria Trabaci


Born: 1575; Monte Pelusio, Italy   Died: December 31, 1647; Naples, Italy  
Giovanni Maria Trabaci was an organist and highly prolific composer whose keyboard works were ahead of their time, bridging the gap between the late Renaissance and the early Baroque. He was born in 1575 and in 1594 was appointed a tenor singer in Naples at the church of SS Annunziata. Nothing about his life in the intervening years is known. In 1601, he came into the service of the Spanish viceroys in Naples as principal organist in the royal Read more chapel; when their maestro di cappella Giovanni de Macque died in 1614, Trabaci rose to that position and remained there until his own death in 1647. He also served the Capoa di Balzo family from 1603-1611, and dedicated his first volume of keyboard music (1603) to them, "in whose house the splendour of music shines brightly."

Trabaci's music ranged across most of the styles and genres then current in Rome, both secular and sacred. It was conservative and simple, often little more than functional music in homophonic or chordal style. There are some important exceptions, however: notable are his sacred motets, which may show the influence of Gesualdo's Cantiones Sacrae in their wandering modulations and abstract manner. Much more significant are his bold works for harpsichord, which prefigure in fundamental ways the music of the great Frescobaldi; Trabaci's keyboard works are his most adventurous and influential accomplishments and are some of the very earliest in Baroque keyboard music. His collection published in 1615 also includes what are perhaps the first-ever truly chromatic (i.e. modulating) pieces for harpsichord. Read less
Early Music - Trabaci: Keyboard Music Book I / Vartolo
Release Date: 03/18/2003   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553550-52   Number of Discs: 3
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    Un Viaje A Napoles / Sara Agueda
    Label: Enchiriadis   Catalog: 2041 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
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    Dialoghi A Voce Sola
    Label: Raum Klang   Catalog: 3306 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benedetto Ferrari,  Camillo Orlandi,  Giovanni Maria Trabaci,  Giacomo Carissimi  ... 
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    The Keyboard School At Gesualdo's Court - Giovanni De Macque / Fabio Antonio Falcone
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94998 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni de Macque,  Giovanni Maria Trabaci,  Francesco Lombardo,  Scipione Stella  ... 
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    Neapolitan Keyboard Music / Stefano Innocenti
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94992 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Valente,  Giovanni de Macque,  Rocco Rodio,  Giovanni Maria Trabaci  ... 
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    Trabaci: Music For Organ And Harpsichord / Francesco Cera
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94897 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Maria Trabaci
    Performer:  Francesco Cera
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    The Medici Castrato - A Homage To Gualberto Magli / Raffaele Pe
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 923501 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
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    Carlo Gesualdo Da Venosa: Sacrarium Cantionum Quinque Vocibus
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 343 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlo Gesualdo,  Giovanni Maria Trabaci,  Giovanni de Macque
    Performer:  Liuwe Tamminga
    Conductor:  Paolo Da Col
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    E Per Concerto Di Viole: Early Baroque Music
    Label: Divox   Catalog: 70808 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio De Cabezón,  Giovanni Maria Trabaci,  Francisco Correa de Arauxo,  Cesario Gussago  ... 
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    Seconde Stravaganze: Venetian & Neapolitan Music For Viol Consort
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 80010 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Valente,  Carlo Gesualdo,  Alessandro Piccinini,  Giovanni Maria Trabaci  ... 
    Conductor:  Guido Balestracci
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Amoroso
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    L'arpa Di Partenope: Harp Music From Early Baroque Naples
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24192 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Maria Trabaci,  Carlo Gesualdo,  Giovanni de Macque,  Antonio De Cabezón  ... 
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    Sigismondo D'india: Madrigali E Canzonette
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1951774 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sigismondo D'India,  Giovanni Maria Trabaci,  Giovanni de Macque,  Ascanio Maione
    Performer:  Maria Cristina [Soprano Vocal] Kiehr
    Conductor:  Jean-Marc Aymes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Soave
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    Angeli, Zingare & Pastori: Renaissance Music From Venice, Naples and Rome
    Label: Lindoro   Catalog: 3018 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
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    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 81301 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fabrizio Dentice,  Luzzasco Luzzaschi,  Giovanni Leonardo Dell'Ar,  Anonymous  ... 
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    La Bella Minuta / Bruce Dickey
    Label: Passacaille   Catalog: 979 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
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    La Spagna - A Tune Through Three Centuries / Paniagua, Madrid Atrium Musicae
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1963 Release Date: 05/24/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Buchner,  Antonio De Cabezón,  Fabricio Caroso,  Joan Ambrosio Dalza  ... 
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    Folias Italianas / Ruggero Lagana
    Label: Concerto   Catalog: 2058 Release Date: 08/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
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    Francesco Durante: Vespro Breve; Miserere
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 680403 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Durante,  Giovanni Maria Trabaci,  Ascanio Maione
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    La Spiritata / Flautando Koln, Et Al
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 232445 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
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    Este Libro Es De Don Luis Rossi / Ensemble Poďesis
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 301 Release Date: 12/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Giovanni Bassano,  Anonymous,  Fabrizio Fillimarino  ... 
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    Il Canzoniere / Van Dyck, Kiehr, La Fenice
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 219 Release Date: 03/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marco da Gagliano,  Jacopo Peri,  Sigismondo D'India,  Stefano Landi  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Fenice
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    The Art Of Melancholy / Festa, Daedalus Ensemble
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 30128 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Maurizio Cazzati,  Carlo Gesualdo,  Salomone Rossi,  Giovanni Kapsberger  ... 
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    Full Of Colour / V. Ghielmi, E. Reijseger, Suonar Parlante
    Label: Winter & Winter   Catalog: 119 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 1
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    Francesco Libetta - Live In Fort Lauderdale
    Label: Nireo   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Maria Trabaci,  Leonardo Leo,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
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    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 500003 Release Date: 02/03/2004   Number of Discs: 1
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    Doulce Memoire - Glosas, Passeggiati & Diminutions / Hille Perl
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