Gioseffo Guami was an Italian composer and organist. He composed many madrigals and instrumental music. He also taught and his most significant pupil was Adriano Banchieri who became a next generation madrigal composer.
Gioseffo was the best known member of the Guami family of Lucca who belonged to a long lasting Renaissance of Italy’s regional musical dynasties.
Career & Life
Little is documented about Guami’s early life but it is known that in his early twenties he was a musician at St Mark’s in Venice.
Between 1568 and 1579 Guami took the position at the court of the Duke of Bavaria, Munich. He returned home for a while then around 1584 he moved to Genoa to conduct the Prince’s musicians.
In 1588 Guami was appointed first organist at St Marks for four years, it is not known why he left. However, he returned to his hometown for his longest appointment at the Cathedral in Lucca lasting twenty years, until his death in 1611.