WHAT THE EARLY MASTERS TAUGHT
OUR knowledge of the technic of singing at the close of the sixteenth and during the seventeenth centuries is derived from the works of theorists and teachers whose writings are neither difficult of access nor obscure in style. The most important are these:
Giovanni Battista Bovicelli, "Regole di Musica" and "Madrigali e Motetti Passaggiati," both published in 1594. The dates of the author's birth and death are uncertain, but it is clear that he was a distinguished teacher of singing in the last years of the sixteenth century.
Giulio Caccini ( 1560?-1615?) "Nuove Musiche" ( 1601) and in other works chiefly those of Doni and del Valle, who recorded some of his teachings.
Ludovico Zacconi, born in the middle of the sixteenth century. The date of his death is unknown. His great work, completed about 1619,