Half-length woodcut portrait, ca. 1612. Thomas MANCINUS, /12.

Half-length woodcut portrait, ca. 1612

Printed within decorative oval border incorporating open partbooks and musical instruments. 118 x 98 mm. With letterpress text to margins: "Haec est effigies Mancini, Musica samam Cui dedit, & verum Calliopea decus. Quae gravitas frontis! culto quis splendor in ore! Ingenii dotes illud & illa refert. Vive tuo longum cum principe sospes: habebis Ipsius merito nomen, & ille tuo."

Laid down to a larger sheet.

"From 1579 until 1581 [Mancinus] was a tenor at the court in Berlin, and from 1583 at the latest he was at Gröningen in the service of the Bishop of Halberstadt, who later became Duke Heinrich Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel; from 1584 he was Kapellmeister in Gröningen. In 1587 Duke Julius, the bishop’s father, entrusted Mancinus with the founding of the Wolfenbüttel Hofkantorei, which, from 1589 under the reign of Duke Heinrich Julius, became one of the leading court music colleges in Germany. Mancinus directed the Kantorei until his retirement in 1604. He paved the way there for the influential work of Michael Praetorius, his successor." Martin Ruhnke in Grove Music Online.

Item #25616

Price: $250.00  other currencies

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