Dias, Belchior

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Person Born Died Gender Person ID
Belchior Dias M P0671

Instrument(s) Professional group Social status Social sphere Why is the person listed?
guitar guitarra vihuela de mano Violero Artisan Urban Maker Maker (violero) Violero (inst maker)

Years active Place active Century Region
1581 Lisboa 16cent/3/late Portugal
Biographical information

Portueguese violero who flourished in the latter part of the sixteenth century. One (if not two) of his instruments survive, 16-306 and 16-307. The former bears an inscription on the pegbox to incidate it was built in Lisbon in 1581. This vihuela is built with a curved and fluted back. The other instrument has no indication of its maker but has the same decorations on the head and neck as well as proportions that would indicate it likely to be by the same maker. 16-306 is kept at the Royal College of Music in London. 16-307 is in the collection of Frank Koonce in Texas USA.

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Source documents
Date Document
18th cent. Guitar by Belchior Dias described in an 18th-century Italian catalogue.

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griffithsPRAC Griffiths, John and Javier Suárez-Pajares (eds). Políticas y Prácticas musicales en el mundo de Felipe II: Estudios sobre la música en España, sus instituciones y sus territorios en la segunda mitad del siglo XVI. Música Hispana. Textos. Madrid: Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales, 2004.