Naples c 1525-35 - Parma before 1601
Instrumentalist and composer, son of Luigi Dentice. In 1545 he played the part of
in GlŽingannati, a comedy performed in the Neapolitan palace of Ferrante Sanseverino,
prince of Salerno.
In a letter to Lord Robert Dudley, Sir Thomas Challoner reported
that in March 1564 he had heard Fabrizio Dentice play the lute and sing in Barcelona,
and recommended him as worth an annual salary of 400 crowns.
Vincenzo Galilei in his Dialogo (1568), referred to him as an excellent lute player
and improviser. At some time Dentice entered the Duke of ParmaŽs service, where he assumed
His renown as a lutenist eclipsed his fame as a composer. His
and the falsobordone Miserere are notably adventurous in their use of augmented triads
and melodic diminished 4ths.