Francesco Bianciardi

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Aliases: Franciscus Bianciardus (Biaciartus, Bianchardus, Bianchiardus); Francesco Biancardi


Born: c. 1572, Casole d'Elsa, Italia

Died: September 1607, Siena, Italia

Biography: Italian organist and composer of motets, psalms and madrigals. In the preface to his Sacrarum modulationum (1596) he said that he was of humble origins. Until not later than 1596 he was organist, and from no later than 20 June 1597 maestro di cappella of Siena Cathedral. In his manuscript Notitia de contrapuntisti e de compositori di musica, Pitoni called him a ‘grandissimo suonatore di organo’ (very great organ player), and he was praised as maestro di cappella by Banchieri in his Conclusioni nel suono dell’organo (1609). By 1601 and probably until his death he was responsible for musical affairs in the Accademia degli Intronati. According to Isidoro Ugurgieni Azzolini (Pompe sanesi, Pistoia, 1649), Bianciardi was 35 when he died. He was mainly a composer of church music in the style of Palestrina, whose pupil he may have been. The Canzonette spirituali is in a lighter style, however, and another late collection, the fourth set of Sacrarum modulationum (1608), is in the concertato tradition inaugurated by Viadana. Bianciardi’s posthumous fly-sheet Breve regola is a useful source for the early practice of thoroughbass.

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  • Sacrarum modulationum liber primus, Venice 1596
  • Il primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, Venice 1597
  • Sacrarum modulationum liber secundus, Venice, 1601
  • Vespertina omnium solemnitatum psalmodia, Venice 1604
  • Missarum liber primus, Venice 1605
  • Canzonette spirituali a tre voci libro primo, Venice 1606
  • Sacrarum modulationum liber tertius, Venice 1607
  • Breve regola per imparar' a sonare sopra il Basso con ogni sorta d'istrumento, Siena 1607
  • Sacrarum modulationum liber quartus, Venice 1608

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