Giovanni Maria Trabaci

Trabaci was one of the main representatives of the harpsichord and organ Neapolitan school, writing ‘ricercari’, songs and toccatas. In particular his use of dissonance make his work particularly attractive to contemporary taste. He first entered the musical profession as a singer at the Chapel of Santa Casa dell’Annunziata in Naples (where Ascanio Mayone was also organist); before he became choirmaster of the royal palace for fifteen years, chosen by the Spanish viceroy (to be succeeded by Andrea Falconieri). In addition to his work for keyboard, he also left us a large array of sacred and secular vocal music.

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