Personalities | Gioseffo Zarlino | Renaissance | Classical
(Jo-zef’-fo Tsâr-le’-no) 1517–90
Italian theorist and composer
Zarlino’s early musical experience was in the circle around Willaert in Venice in the 1540s. He was maestro di cappella at St Mark’s, Venice, from 1565 until his death. In 1558 Zarlino published his Institutioni harmoniche, the first of a number of books that remain central to the canon of music theory. In its third part, he set out an exposition of the rules of classical counterpoint that would form the core of the prima pratica for future generations. His work as a theorist far outweighed his compositions and few recordings of his work exist.
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