Girolamo Frescobaldi: Sept 1583 – 1 March 1643

By | November 10, 2020
Engraving of Girolamo Frescobaldi in 1618 aged thirty five
1583 – 1643


Girolamo Frescobaldi was an Italian master of the organ, both in composition and as an organist. He was considered by many to be a genius! His father was in property and most possibly an organist given Girolamo and his half-brother’s aptitude for the organ.


In 1607 Frescobaldi began his career in Rome as church organist at Santa Maria in Trastevere. He then ventured on his one trip out of Rome, travelling to the Netherlands, and then publishing a book of madrigals in Antwerp. In 1608 he was elected as the organist at St Peter’s Basillica and remained there for twenty years. Frescobaldi returned to the post again in 1634 until his death in 1643.

He published eight collections during his lifetime and others remain in manuscripts or were published after his death. His work influenced the likes of Bach, Purcell, Froberger and many others.

Further Reading & Musical Downloads

On we have a download for you of Girolamo Frescobaldi’s Dopo Il Credo. For further information take a look at Wikipedia or Britannica.

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