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Hawksmoor

  2 months ago

Vicente Lusitano

Vicente Lusitano was a sixteenth-century composer and, principally, musical theorist - perhaps most famous for winning a public debate with white composer Nicola Vicentine in 1561, and for his important book on theory entitled " Introdutione facilissima et novissima de canto ferma" (1553).

Although he has long been a well-known figure among musicologists, the fact that he was Black has been almost entirely erased from memory. Described in contemporary sources as a “pardo” (Portuguese for 'mulatto'), he was likely born to a white father and a Black mother in Portugal around 1522.

An ordained Catholic priest, he traveled to Italy, perhaps in the entourage of Portugal’s ambassador to Rome. There he made his name as a highly sought-after music teacher, although his challenging compositions and lack of a powerful patron made it difficult for him to advance his career.

Somewhere around 1556, Lusitano converted to Protestantism, and married, before seeking refuge in 1561 at the court of the Protestant Duke Christoph of Württemberg (during an extremely dangerous era for religious dissenters), and disappearing from the historical record.

He was the first ever black composer to have his compositions published in Europe, in c1555.
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g2714572

  2 months ago
A turn coat as we say over in NI .... he sure was interesting Christine alright ! ...... glad to see you about again girl ! Reply
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Ed777

  2 months ago
Great to see you back and posting Hawks! We were in dire need of a little culture! Reply
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RDxD

  2 months ago
Cf Reply
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Meryl10

  2 months ago
I too, have never heard of him. Interesting facts though. Reply
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Mark_W

  2 months ago
I’ve never heard of him! Reply
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spartan3002

  2 months ago
Welcome back stranger ! I agree with Yvonne , a good subject for a film ;) Reply
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yvonne7495

  2 months ago
what an unusual life- they must make a film about it (o; Reply
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