Diego Ortiz


A Spanish composer and theorist of the Renaissance, Diego Ortiz composed in a fairly conservative style. He revered Ockeghem and Josquin Des Prez as the 'true doctors of music', and was also heavily influenced by Morales.

Ortiz was born in Toledo in c1510 and at some point found his way to Naples, a part of Italy under Spanish rule where, in 1553, he dedicated his Trattado de glosas to a Spanish nobleman. By February 1558, Ortiz had been made maestro de capilla of the Spanish viceroy's chapel, a post he probably held until his death in c1570.

Among his publications, the Trattado de glosas (a treatise on ornamentation) was the first printed manual of its type for the bowed-instrument performer and is important in the context of a tradition that favoured plucked instruments over the viol. The collection of hymns, psalms and other sacred music, Musices liber primus (1565), is based on plainsong and contains few Spanish influences, though Ortiz does encourage the Spanish practice of using instruments to accompany sacred polyphony.

Related composers: OckeghemMorales, Josquin Desprez, Jean Mouton

Show more