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Galilei, Vincenzo

Galilei, Vincenzo (b S. Maria a Monte, c.1520; d Florence, 1591). It. composer and lutenist. Associate of members of Bardi's Camerata from which first opera perfs. developed. Pubd. 2 books of madrigals and one of lute pieces. Also mus. theorist: author of Dialogo della musica antica e della moderna (1581). His Il fronimo (1568, rev. 1584) is a valuable treatise on lute-playing. His son Galileo Galilei was the great astronomer.

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Galilei, Vincenzo

Vincenzo Galilei (vēnchĕn´tsō gälēlĕ´ē), d. 1591, Italian lutenist, singer, writer, and composer; father of Galileo. As a member of the Florentine camerata (see opera), he was one of the first to compose recitatives. Thoroughly trained in the contrapuntal tradition of the Renaissance, he wrote the first literary treatise attacking counterpoint and advocating monody, Dialogo della musica antica e della moderna (1581).

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