Girolamo Frescobaldi: Notes and Commentary

“The development of instrumental music was a major development of the Baroque period. In organ music, the Baroque era found a master in Girolamo Frescobaldi.”—David Ewen, The Complete Book of Classical Music

Girolamo Frescobaldi is widely regarded as one of the most important composers of keyboard music in the early Baroque period. A child prodigy, his printed collections contain some of the most influential music of the 17th century. His work influenced Johann Jakob Froberger, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Henry Purcell, among others. He’s considered the first of the great composers of the ancient Franco-Netherlandish-Italian tradition who chose to focus his creative energy on instrumental composition. He brought a wide range of emotion to the relatively unplumbed depths of instrumental music, mostly for keyboard. He lived from September 1583 to March 1, 1643.—Excerpted from Wikipedia

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