Aliases: Bernardino Carnefresca, Bernardino Lupacchino dal Vasto
Born: c.1490, Vasto (Chiete)
Died: 1555 probably
Lupacchino was born in Vasto, in the province of Chieti, as Bernardino Carnefresca, but is better known as Bernardino Lupacchino dal Vasto (meaning “the young wolf from Vasto”). He is said to having studied music and singing in Rome, but returned to Vasto in 1543, becoming a priest and perhaps leading the music in S. Maria. In 1552 he was appointed maestro di capella of S. Giovanni in Laterano in Rome, one of the most prestigious musical churches there, succeeding P. Animuccia. Because of his expensive lifestyle and quarrels with his creditors he was replaced by Orlando di Lasso in 1553 and then by Palestrina in 1555.
He was a renowned composer, several of his madrigals were published again in various collections. His most popular publication was a collection of duets for soprano and tenor (without words), written in collaboration with Gian Maria Tasso and presenting vocal techniques; it was still reprinted in 1701.
List of choral works
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- Madrigali a quattro voci, 1543
- Il secondo libro de madrigali a quattro voci, 1546
- Il primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, 1547
- Il primo libro a due voci, before 1559
- Masses (there exists a modern edition, see links below)