Site ©1996 Timothy A. Smith

Girolamo Frescobaldi 1583-1643


Student of Luzzaschi, teacher of Froberger, and possibly Kerll, Frescobaldi became organist at Rome's Accademia di Santa Cecilia in 1604 . Following a trip to Brussels (1607-1608) Frescobaldi became organist at St. Peter's, Rome, where he served until his death except for six years in the court of Florence (1628- 1634). Frescobaldi is remembered mainly as a composer of works for harpsichord and organ: toccatas, capriccios, ricercars, fantasias, canzonas. Though not truly a contemporary of J. S. Bach, Frescobaldi (who died 42 years before Bach's birth) was identified by Carl Philipp Emanuel as a composer whose works his father had admired. A copy of Frescobaldi's "Fiori musicali" acquired by Bach in 1714 was lost during World War II.

Bach's World Contemporaries Chronology