Giovanni Briccio

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Aliases: Giovanni Francesco Brissio, Giovanni Francesco Bricci, Giovanni Brizio


Born: 25 March 1579, Rome

Died: 8 June 1645, Rome


Giovanni Briccio was an Italian painter, writer and musician. Opposing the will of his father, Giovanni Battista Briccio, a mattress maker, who wanted him to take up his trade, he preferred the study of literature, especially poetry. In literature, he wrote mainly comedies and satirical texts in the manner of Berni and Burchiello.

As a painter, he studied under Federico Zuccaro, of whom he was a worthy disciple.

In music, he was a boy chorister in the Cappella Giulia, and later a singer in various churches in Rome, as well as holding the post of choirmaster at San Luigi dei Francesi. Also known as Giovanni Francesco del Leuto, he was prefect of the Congregation of Saints Ambrogio and Carlo in the Corso, where he seems to have composed the motet In medio Ecclesiae aperuit os eius, published in a collection of Fabio Costantini in 1616. In 1632 he published at Rome Canoni enigmatici musicali a due, tre e quattro voci, con un discorso sopra i canoni. (Translated from the Wikipedia article).

View the Italian Wikipedia article on Giovanni Briccio. (English translation by Google)

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