Vincente Lusitano

Thanks to some recently-published research, Vincente Lusitano is beginning to be retrieved from obscurity. Not only a composer skilled in the style of his day, he was also a music theorist and wrote a treatise on the art of singing. The earliest research available at the time I write this was published only in 1982, but since 2022, even more research has been published.

He has a Wikipedia entry, articles published in the New York Times, VAN Magazine, The Guardian, several scholarly articles, and is in a catalogue, Revealing the African presence in Renaissance Europe IMSLP also has scores available. As the first Black composer to be published in Europe, he certainly deserves the attention. Let us hope that as research continues, more facts of his life will come to light, so that we can start to have a fuller picture of this sadly neglected yet highly important composer!

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