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Giovanni Maria Trabaci

1575 - December 31, 1647
born in Monte Pelusio, Italy, composed during the Baroque period
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 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. ~ Donato Mancini, Rovi
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Track List: Giovanni Maria Trabaci: Il Primo Libro De Ricercate, Canzone Franzese, Capricci, Etc.

1. Gagliarda Prima, For Keyboard (Book 1): Gagliarda Prima

2. Gagliarda Quarta, For Keyboard (Book 1): Gagliarda Quarta

3. Partite Sopra Rugiero, For Harpsichord: Partite Sopra Rugiero

4. Canzone Francese Settima Cromatica, For Keyboard (Book 1): Canzona Franzesa Settima Cromatica

5. Canzone Francese Quinta Sopra Dunque Credete Ch'io, For Keyboard (Book 1): Conzona Franzesa Quinta Sopra

6. Ricercare Terzo Tono Con Tre Fughe, For Keyboard (Book 1): Terzo Tono Con Tre Fughe

7. Capriccio Sopra Un Soggetto Solo, For Keyboard (Book 1): Capriccio Sopra Un Sogetto Solo

8. Gagliarda Settima, For Keyboard (Book 1): Gagliarda Settima

9. Gagliarda Ottava, For Keyboard (Book 1): Galiarda Ottava

10. Io Mi Son Giovinetto, Passaggiata For Keyboard (after Ferabosco) (Book 1): Il Mi Son Giovinetto

11. Canzone Francese Seconda, For Keyboard (Book 1): Conzona Franzesa Seconda

12. Partite Sopra Fedele, For Chamber Ensemble: Partite Sopra Fidele

13. Toccata Seconda Ottavo Tono, For Keyboard (Book 1): Toccata Seconda Ottavo Tono

14. Conzonanze Stravaganti, For Keyboard Or Ensemble: Consonanze Stravaganti

15. Canzone Francese Quarta, For Keyboard (Book 1): Conzona Franzesa Quarta

16. Ricercare Secondo Tono Con Quattro Fughe, For Keyboard (Book 1): Secondo Tono Con Quattro Fughe

17. Canto Fermo Secondo Del Secondo Tone (Ricercate, Canonze Francese ... A 4 Voci, Book 1): Canto Fermo Secondo Del Secondo Tono

18. Ricercare Nono Tono Con Tre Fughe, For Keyboard (Book 1): Nono Tono Con Tre Fughe

19. Canzone Francese Sesta, For Keyboard (Book 1): Canzona Franzesa Sesta

20. Ricercare Duodecimo Tono Con Quattro Fughe, For Keyboard (Book 1): Duodecimo Tono Con Quattro Fughe

21. Canzone Francese Terza, For Keyboard (Book 1): Canzona Franzesa Terza

22. Capriccio Sopra La, Fa, Sol, La, For Keyboard (Book 1): Capriccio Sopra La, Fa, Sol, La

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Charming, contemplativ e works, though perhaps somewhat melancholy to modern ears.
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Hey! Trabaci was unknown to me before I created a Frescobaldi radio station. Thanks, Pandora! You guys are really a treasure.

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