Jean-Baptiste Besard was a Burgundian lutenist, composer and anthologist (ca 1567 – ca 1625) notable for publishing two anthologies which collected a diverse range of musical works of the Renaissance and early Baroque periods and included instructions on playing the lute.
Born in Besançon, Besard studied law (Licentiate and Doctor of Laws, 1587) at the University of Dôle. He went on to Rome, where he studied medicine until ca 1595. While in Rome he also studied music with the famous lutenist Lorenzino Del Liuto (Lorenzo Tracetti). In 1597 he was in Hesse where he may have taught the lute in addition to practising medicine and law. He then lived for a period in Cologne where in 1603 he published an anthology for lute, Thesaurus harmonicus containing 403 arrangements for lute in French tablature of contemporaneous instrumental works and songs by various composers (including some by himself). The Thesaurus included an addendumЧитать далее в Википедии...