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Giovanni Tommaso Cimello (c. 1510 in Monte San Giovanni Campano – c. 1591 in Monte San Giovanni Campano) was a poet, musician, composer and musical theorist employed by the powerful Colonna family, and active at the Aragonese court in Naples.


  • Canzoni Villanesche al Modo Napolitano a 3 voci 1545 - this was one of the earliest collections of villanelle, following that by Nola (1541), and preceding those by Willaert (1545), and Donati (1550)[1]
  • 1st Book of Madrigals for 4 voices 1548. The book was dedicated to Fabrizio Colonna.

Selected recordingsEdit


  1. ^ Willi Apel Harvard dictionary of music 1969 p904