Diego Ortiz (c. 1510 – c. 1570) was a Spanish composer
and musicologist, in service to the Spanish viceroy in
Naples (Pedro de Urries) and later to Philip II of
Spain. Ortiz published influential treatises on both
instrumental and vocal performance.
Very little is known about his life. He is believed to
have been born in Toledo and died in Naples.
In 1553 Ortiz was living in the viceroyalty of Naples.
Five years later, the third duke of Alba, Fernando
Álvarez de Toledo, appointed him maestro di capella of
the Chapel Royal of Naples. In 1565 Ortiz still held
the post under the Viceroy Pedro Afán de Ribera, duke
The Trattado de Glosas (modern Spanish spelling Tratado
de Glosas) is considered a masterpiece of literature
for the viola da gamba. The work was published on 10
December 1553, in Rome under the Spanish title Trattado
de glossas sobre clausulas y otros generos de punctos
en la musica de violones nuevamente puestos en luz. Its
Italian title is Glose sopra le cadenze et altre sorte
de punti in la musica del violone.
It was published in Rome on December 10 of 1553 in two
versions, one Spanish, the name already mentioned and
one in Italian, entitled sopra Glose Cadenze you punti
et altre spring of the double bass in the music. The
printers were the brothers Valerio and Luis Dorico.
Although originally written for Lute, I created this
arrangement for Concert (Pedal) Harp.