Giovanni Maria Sabino

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Giovanni Maria Sabino (30 June 1588 April 1649) was an Italian composer, organist and teacher.

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Sabino was born in Turi, into a family of musicians and composers. He was the brother of Antonio Sabino and uncle of Francesco Sabino. At the age of 14 he went to Naples to study music under Prospero Testa. From 1610-1613 he returned to Turi, taking holy orders. In 1622 he was appointed a teacher at the Conservatorio della Pietà dei Turchini, a position he held until 1626. In 1627 he became maestro de capella at Castel Nuovo, and between 1630 and 1634 was organist at Oratorio di San Filippo, then maestro di cappella at the Santa Casa dell'Annunziata. He died in Naples.

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  1. The Harvard biographical dictionary of music 1996 p883
  2. Dinko Fabris. Music in seventeenth-century Naples: Francesco Provenzale (1624-1704)
  3. Paolo Fabbri. Monteverdi p198