Luzzasco Luzzaschi

Biography

Born: 1545; Ferrara, Italy   Died: September 10, 1607; Ferrara, Italy  
The Italian composer Luzzasco Luzzaschi seems to have spent his entire life in Ferrara, not that there was any pressing compunction to leave since he was among the most prominent musicians there, making a three-tiered reputation as a first rank composer, virtuoso organist, and teacher. Luzzaschi's abilities at the keyboard were supposedly unrivaled; he's even said to have been able to handle Nicola Vincentino's unruly archicembalo. Few of his Read more students are known, although they would have been numerous. The most significant among them was Girolamo Frescobaldi, who continued to praise him publicly long after Luzzaschi's death. Luzzaschi's most lasting influence was probably felt through his keyboard works, however. He was among the pioneers of purely instrumental, contrapuntal music. His works in this genre had influence far beyond his native city. Schools of instrumental composition based on his work were founded in both Naples and Rome.

Among his early teachers, Luzzaschi himself named Cipriano de Rore for composition, and he seems to have been the favored organ student of Jacques Brunel. May, 1561, marked the year Luzzaschi landed his unshakeable position in the d'Este court, becoming one of the organists there. Three years later, upon the death of Brunel, the then 19-year-old Luzzaschi became the head organist, the official position he was to keep for the rest of his life. Throughout the following years, Luzzaschi's duties at the court broadened until he was, for all intents and purposes, a second maestro di cappella alongside Ippolito Fiorini. He directed the court orchestras, trained the new musicians in his charge, and composed vocal and instrumental music for the court. Besides all this, Luzzaschi held the position of organist at the Ferrara Cathedral and at the Accademia della Morte.

The most historically significant period of Luzzaschi's life concerns his association with Duke Alfonso's musica da camera after 1570 in a series of exclusive, private performances. The star attractions in the cabinet were the celebrated "singing ladies" of Ferrara, among whom were three especially famous ones: Lucrezia Bendidio, Laura Peverara, and Tarquinia Molza. Bendidio was the former muse of poet Torquato Tasso and eventual wife of Niccolo Machiavelli. The ladies performed works from a repertoire developed especially for them and which was kept secret by Alfonso. Luzzaschi made important contributions to the repertoire of "secret music" and directed and played keyboard at the performances. His 1561 collection Madrigali per cantare et sonare a 1-3 soprani includes some of his music for the three ladies.

In 1597, fortunes shifted in Ferrara, leading to the fall of the d'Este house that had kept Luzzaschi in such a comfortable way for so long. He probably stayed in Ferrara to serve the new ruler, Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini, since he was part of Aldobrandini's retinue in Rome in 1601. Luzzaschi's death in 1607 was mourned by the entire musical community of Ferrara, which came out in droves to his funeral service and placed a gilded wreath of laurel upon his catafalque. Read less
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  • 1.
    Trent'anni a Roma / Piau, Mingardo, Alessandrini
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30563 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Luca Marenzio,  Philippe de Monte,  Luzzasco Luzzaschi  ... 
    Performer:  Sandrine Piau
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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    Carlo Gesualdo: Responsoria 1611
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 922803 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carlo Gesualdo,  Luzzasco Luzzaschi,  Luca Marenzio,  Giovanni de Macque  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Compagnia del Madrigale
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    Le Parler Et Le Silence
    Label: Ramee   Catalog: 1206 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Bassano,  Luzzasco Luzzaschi,  Gioseffo Guami,  Girolamo Frescobaldi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Attaignant Consort
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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,  Ascanio Mayone  ... 
    Performer:  Mara Galassi
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    La Bella Minuta / Bruce Dickey
    Label: Passacaille   Catalog: 979 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hippolito Tartaglino,  Ascanio Mayone,  Gioseffo Guami,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  Bruce Dickey,  Leonardo Bortolotto,  Claudia Pasetto,  Alberto Rasi  ... 
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    La Voix de l'Emotion / Montserrat Figueras
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9889 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Unknown,  Traditional,  Luis de Milan,  Francisco Guerrero  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Figueras
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    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 920919 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luzzasco Luzzaschi,  Ludovico Agostini,  Paolo Virchi
    Performer:  Marta Graziolino,  Roberto [Soprano Vocal] Mameli,  Davide [Classical Keyboards] Pozzi,  Gabriele Palomba  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana
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    A Golden Treasury Of Renaissance Music
    Label: Saydisc   Catalog: 65 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  King VIII Henry,  Christopher Tye,  William Cornysh,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Paula Chateauneuf,  Suzie LeBlanc,  Deborah Roberts,  Richard [Bass Vocals] Wistreich  ... 
    Conductor:  James Wood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua of London,  Fretwork,  The York Waits  ... 
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    The Secret Music Of Luzzasco Luzzaschi / Musica Secreta
    Label: Amon Ra   Catalog: 58 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luzzasco Luzzaschi,  Alessandro Piccinini
    Performer:  Suzie LeBlanc,  Deborah Roberts,  Mary Nichols,  Paula Chateauneuf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Secreta
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    Madrigali per Laura Peperara / 	Silvia Frigato, Miho Kamiya
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 530001 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luzzasco Luzzaschi,  Ludovico Agostini,  Silvia Rambaldi,  Paolo Virchi  ... 
    Performer:  Silvia Rambaldi,  Silvia Frigato,  Miho Kamiya
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Segreto
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    Dolcissimo Sospiro - Arias & Madrigals / Accademia Strumentale Italiana
    Label: Divox   Catalog: 70202-6 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giulio Caccini,  Orazio Bassani,  Giovanni Antonio Terzi,  Claudio Merulo  ... 
    Performer:  Roberta Invernizzi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Instrumental Academy
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    Baroque Voices Vol 25 - Gesualdo: O Dolorosa Gioia, Madrigals; Monte, Luzzaschi, Montella, Nenna / Alessandrini
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30486 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luzzasco Luzzaschi,  Carlo Gesualdo,  Giovanni D. Montella,  Pomponio Nenna  ... 
    Performer:  Mara Galassi
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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  • 13.
    Le Concert Secret Des Dames De Ferrare
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 71001 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludovico Agostini,  Luzzasco Luzzaschi,  Giulio Cesare Barbetta
    Conductor:  Denis Raisin-Dadre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Doulce Mémoire
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    Ponte In Valtellina - A Renaissance Organ / Zehnder, Et Al
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 13441 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Fogliano,  Marco Antonio Cavazzoni,  Girolamo Cavazzoni,  Paul Hofhaimer  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Claude Zehnder
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    Debut
    Label: Tantalus Quartet   Catalog: 5637493819 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roland Dyens,  Gerald Garcia,  Luzzasco Luzzaschi,  Alan Scott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tantalus Quartet
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    Primavera - Monteverdi, Etc / Les Voix Humaines, Et Al
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22258 Release Date: 05/04/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Luzzasco Luzzaschi,  Thomas Morley,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  Suzie LeBlanc
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines
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    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 555401 Release Date: 01/06/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellavere,  Girolamo Diruta,  Gabriele Fattorini,  Antonio Romanini  ... 
    Performer:  Marco Ghirotti
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    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 580604 Release Date: 03/04/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Adrian Willaert,  Luzzasco Luzzaschi,  Pieter Cornet  ... 
    Performer:  Maurizio Croci
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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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    Jan DeGaetani - Early Music Recital / O'Dette, Davidoff, West
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9087 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Donato da Cascia,  Oswald von Wolkenstein,  Giulio Caccini,  Luzzasco Luzzaschi  ... 
    Performer:  Jan DeGaetani,  Judith Davidoff,  Paul O'Dette,  Philip West
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    Music From The Time Of Christian Iv - Madrigals / Rooley
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 392 Release Date: 09/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Brachrogge,  Nicolas Gistou,  Melchior Borchgrevinck,  Turid Aagensen  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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