BARTOLOMEO TROMBONCINO (1470 - 1535)
Known in particular as a
composer of frottolas, secular songs of the time, Tromboncino was associated for much of his life with the
court of Mantua. He was pardoned for the excusable murder of his wife caught
with a lover, but not forgiven for final unauthorised
absence that took him, as on earlier occasions, to Venice.
Tromboncino's frottolas survive in a number of varied sources and include settings
of poems by major Italian poets of the day, as well as works suitable for inclusion
in theatrical contexts.