Tessoni da San Secondo, Giacomo di

Active 1493-1525

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Person Born Died Gender Person ID
Giacomo di Tessoni da San Secondo M P0432

Instrument(s) Professional group Social status Social sphere Why is the person listed?
laúd vihuela de mano viola da mano (vihuela de mano) viola da mano lute viola da mano (vihuela) Musician Court Instrumentalist (plucked)

Years active Place active Century Region
1493-1525 Mantua Ferrara Milano Urbino Parma 15cent/3/late 16cent/1/early Italy
Biographical information

Giacomo da San Secondo cited by Prizer as both a lutenist and a player of the viola (prizer1980-1, 13-14). Minamino expands upon this saying: “In the Cortegiano Castiglione singled out a ‘Iacomo Sansecondo’ and praised his skill in singing with the viola (‘cantar alla viola’). This musician is identical with Giacomo di Tessoni da San Secondo, who was active as aplayer of the ‘viola’ in Ferrara, Milan, Mantua, Urbino and Parma between 1493 and 1525.(67) San Secondo may have ben the model for the Apollo who plays the lira da braccio in Raphael’s Parnassus.(68) Castiglione heard San Secondo perform in Urbino in 1506. (69) An iconographical manifestation of San Secondo’s style of singing may have been found in an engraving of a renowned improvvisatori, Giovanni Filoteo Achillini (1466-1538), made about 1510 by Marcantonio Raimondi.(70) (minamino2004-2, 1880
Notes: (67) prizer1980-1, 13-14 • (68) suggested in Winternitz, Musical instruments, 47, also 200-201 • (69) prizer1980-1, 14. • (70) Reproduced in G. Kinsky Album Musical (1930), 97, pl. 5

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minamino2004-2 Minamino, Hiroyuki. “The Spanish Plucked Viola in Renaissance Italy, 1480-1530”. Early Music 32 (2004): 177-193. 188
prizer1980-1 Prizer, William F. “Lutenists at the Court of Mantua in the Late Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Centuries.”Journal of the Lute Society of America 13 (1980): 5-34. 13-14