Day 22

Filippo Azzaiolo (Sometimes spelled: Assaiuolo) was a 16th-century Italian composer. His surviving compositions were published in three collections issued between 1557 and 1569. The dedicatees each have links to Bologna, so it seems likely that Azzaiolo himself had connections to that city.

Ludwig Iselin (2 July 1559 – 20 December 1612) was a Basel scholar. He was the son of Johann Ulrich Iselin and Faustina Amerbach. His father died during the plague in 1564 so young Ludwig grew up with his uncle, Basilius Amerbach (the younger).

He studied in Geneva with the famous Calvinist theologian Theodore Beza (1581), then in Bourges with Jacobus Cujacius (1582) and in Padua (1586). During his studies in Padua, he visited Italy – Florence, Rome and Venice.

After studying in Italy, he returned to Basel, where in 1589 he obtained the title of doctor of both laws and became a city syndicate (Stadtsyndikus). In 1610 he obtained the title of professor of Roman law.

In the years 1597-1598 and 1607-1608 he was rector of the University of Basel. He married Anna Ryhiner, daughter of Emanuel Ryhiner. He had seven children, six of whom died during the plague of 1610-1611. He himself died at a young age shortly afterwards, on 2 December 1612.

Ludwig Iselin is the author of many works, including memoirs. Most of them, however, have not been published.

Biography sourced from Wikipedia

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  1. Adrian Lincoln says:

    I love the shifting rhythms of this piece although I find it easier to phrase the first six 3/4 bars as three 3/2 bars (like hemiolas), likewise bars 9 to 14. The placement of the sustained notes in bars 5 and 6 also indicates three slow beats. I still can’t decide whether bars 25 & 26 should be played as a hemiola, it seems to work either way. (ps. I’m still trying to play the middle chord of bar 22 as a “bent finger” chord rather than miss out one of the notes out as you do, but it doesn’t come naturally!) Adrian

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