Francesco Spinacino

(late 15th C - after 1507)

Italian lutenist and composer, who probably worked in Venice. His two books of Intavolatura for lute, issued by Petrucci in 1507, of which an example from the first page is to the left, were the first publication of their kind; it contains possibly the earliest use of the term 'ricercar', applied to the nonpolyphonic preludes Spinacino provides for his transcriptions of chansons and motets. These arrangements contain many features that were to become characteristic of lute music throughout the sixteenth century.

A Partial Francesco Spinacino Discography |  IVE: Music for Organ and Lute | IVN: The Venetian Style