Simone Balsamino

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Simone Balsamino (fl. 1590s in Venice) was an Italian composer, poet and dramatist. He was the first to set texts from Tasso's Aminta as Aminta musicale.[1] He is also credited with the invention of the bass cittern.[2]

Works, editions and recordings[edit]

  • Perla a tragicomedia in music dedicated to the marchese De La Rovere. Venice 1596.[3]
  • Le novellette a sei voci ed. Chegai, Andrea Le novelette a sei voci di Simone Balsamino. Prime musiche di „Aminta " di Torquato Tasso, Firenze: Olschki 1993 (Historiae Musicae Cultores Biblioteca 69)
  • Balsamino & Monteverdi: Novellette e Madrigali - dir. Diego Fasolis, Vanitas Ensemble, and Guido Morini (Audio CD - 2002)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Iain Fenlon Early Music History: Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Music p 124 2009 "Finally, the composer listed as 'P. Balsamino' must be Simone Balsamino; his only known musical composition is that listed in the table, the Aminta musicale."
  2. ^ Sibyl Marcuse A survey of musical instruments Harper & Row, 1975
  3. ^ Balsamino, Simone, Perla, tragicomedia in rima libera di Simone Balsamino, dedicata all'illustrissimo marchese De La Rovere con privilegio, in Venetia, appresso Niccolo Moretti 1596.