Giovanni Maria Trabaci

Biography

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
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  • 1.
    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
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mare Nostrum
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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  ... 
    Conductor:  Gregorio Paniagua
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atrium Musicae
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    La Spiritata / Flautando Koln, Et Al
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 232445 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tarquinio Merula,  Giovanni Palestrina,  Torsten Muller,  Giovanni Gabrieli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
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    D'india: Voi Ch'ascoltate / Marion Fourquier, Ensemble Poiésis
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 40101 Release Date: 12/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sigismondo D'India,  Anonymous,  Giovanni Maria Trabaci
    Conductor:  Marion Fourquier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Poïesis
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    Este Libro Es De Don Luis Rossi / Ensemble Poïesis
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 301 Release Date: 12/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Giovanni Bassano,  Anonymous,  Fabrizio Fillimarino  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Poïesis
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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  ... 
    Performer:  Stephan Van Dyck,  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  Christina Pluhar
    Conductor:  Jean Tubery
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Josep Cabré,  Hugh Sandilands
    Conductor:  Roberto Festa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Daedalus Ensemble
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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
    Composer:  John Playford,  Ernst Reijseger,  John Jenkins,  Alfonso Ferrabosco  ... 
    Performer:  Rodney Prada,  Fahmi Alqhai,  Cristiano Contadin,  Vittorio Ghielmi  ... 
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    Seicento Italiano - 17th Century Italian Music / Dantone
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47707 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Kapsberger,  Bernardo Storace,  Giovanni Buonamente,  Dario Castello  ... 
    Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
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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  ... 
    Performer:  Francesco Libetta
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    Harp Music of the Italian Renaissance / Lawrence-King
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55162 Release Date: 09/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giulio Caccini,  Fabrizio Fillimarino,  Ascanio Mayone,  Cesare Negri Milanesi  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King
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    Doulce Memoire - Glosas, Passeggiati & Diminutions / Hille Perl
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 77502 Release Date: 11/04/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Diego Ortiz,  Giovanni Antonio Terzi,  Vincenzo Bonizzi,  Adrian Willaert  ... 
    Performer:  M. Muller,  Hille Perl,  Paulina Van Laarhoven,  Martina Rothbauer  ... 
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    La Spagna / Paniagua, Atrium Musicae
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 300163 Release Date: 08/26/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Fabricio Caroso,  Antonio De Cabezón,  Francesco Canova Milano  ... 
    Conductor:  Gregorio Paniagua
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atrium Musicae
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    Anno 1630 / Lorenzo Ghielmi, Enrico Onofri, Margret Koll
    Label: Winter & Winter   Catalog: 91 Release Date: 08/05/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Dario Castello,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Giovanni Maria Trabaci  ... 
    Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi,  Enrico Onofri,  Margaret Köll
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    Basilicata - A Musical Journey In The Kingdom Of Naples
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 21147 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Ascanio Mayone,  Giovanni Maria Trabaci,  Giovanni de Macque  ... 
    Performer:  Liuwe Tamminga
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    D'india: Madrigali E Canzonette / Kiehr, Aymes, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901774 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sigismondo D'India,  Giovanni de Macque,  Ascanio Mayone,  Giovanni Maria Trabaci
    Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  Jean-Marc Aymes
    Conductor:  Jean-Marc Aymes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Soave
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    Early Music - Trabaci: Keyboard Music Book I / Vartolo
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553550-52 Release Date: 03/18/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Domenico M. Ferrabosco,  Giovanni Maria Trabaci
    Performer:  Sergio Vartolo
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    Early Music - Trabaci: Keyboard Music Book II / Vartolo, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553553-56 Release Date: 02/18/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giovanni Maria Trabaci
    Performer:  Sergio Vartolo,  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Riccardo Vartolo
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    Il Viaggio Di Lucrezia - Italian Harp Works / Mara Galassi
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 921301 Release Date: 02/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Giovanni Maria Trabaci,  Alessandro Piccinini,  Pietro Raimondi  ... 
    Performer:  Mara Galassi
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    L'orgue De Valère Vol I / Guy Bovet
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 88 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Anonymous,  Giovanni Maria Trabaci,  Gioseffo Guami  ... 
    Performer:  Guy Bovet
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    La Spagna / Paniagua, Atrium Musicae De Madrid
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 163 Release Date: 08/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Francisco de la Torre,  Magister Gulielmus,  Anonymous  ... 
    Conductor:  Gregorio Paniagua
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atrium Musicae
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  • 22.
    Sergio Vartolo - Préludes À La Fugue
    Label: K 617   Catalog: 920724 Release Date: 01/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Giovanni Maria Trabaci,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Andrea Gabrieli
    Performer:  Sergio Vartolo
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