Alessandro Piccinini (1566-1638), Italian lutenist and composer. Events January 7 - Pius V becomes Pope Selim II succeeds Suleiman I as Sultan of the Ottoman Empire Religious rioting in the Netherlands signifies the beginning of the Eighty Years War in the Netherlands. ... Events March 29 - Swedish colonists establish first settlement in Delaware, called New Sweden. ...
Born in Bologna, Piccinini was taught to play the lute by his father, Leonardo Maria Piccinini. He held appointments at the Este court in Ferrara and with Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini. Piccinini is best known for his two volumes of lute music: Intavolatura di Liuto et di Chitarrone, libro primo (Bologna, 1632) and "Intavolaturo di Liuto" (Bologna, 1639), the latter published posthumusly by his son Leonardo Maria Piccinini. Bologna (from Latin Bononia, BulÃ¥ggna in the local dialect) is the capital city of Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy, between the Po River and the Apennines. ... The lute is a plucked string instrument with a fretted neck and a deep round back. ... For Tolkiens fictional character, see EstÃ« To know more about the city, see Este Este, Italian princely family, rulers of Ferrara (1240â1597), Modena and Reggio (1288â1796). ... Ferrara, a town, an archiepiscopal see and a province in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. ... See also: 1632 (novel) Events February 22 - Galileos Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published July 23 - 300 colonists for New France depart Dieppe November 8 - Wladyslaw IV Waza elected king of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth after Zygmunt III Waza death November 16 - Battle of LÃ¼tzen... Events January 14 - Connecticuts first constitution, the Fundamental Orders, is adopted. ...
Following the death of Alfonso II and the passing of Ferrara to the papal states (1598), the Piccinini brothers were, together with the famous Luzzaschi, the only musicians from the flourishing Estense chapel to be hired by Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini, nephew of Pope Clement VIII and the most important of Ferrara´s new govenors.
In addition to numerous letters, the dedication to Cardinal Guido in the volume edited by Alessandro´s son in 1639 testifies to the familarity of the three musicians with the Bentivoglio family.
The role, played by Alessandro in the creation of the new long-bodied lutes (di corpo longo), the first experimental models of which were built around 1594-96 in Venetian workshops for Duke Alfonso II, is in fact well noted.
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