Personalities | Barbara Strozzi | Early Baroque | Classical

(Bâr’-bra Strot-se) 1619–64
Italian composer and singer

In the 1630s, Strozzi was a central figure of the Venetian Accademia degli Unisoni, established by her adopted (or perhaps natural) father, the poet Giulio Strozzi, to provide a forum for her renowned vocal performances. A pupil of Cavalli, she published eight volumes of over 100 madrigals, motets, arias and cantatas; she probably wrote most of them to sing herself. Her music is characterized by lyricism, frequent melismas (prolonging one syllable over many notes) and careful word-painting.

Recommended Recording:
Arias and Cantatas, op. 8, Emanuela Galli, La Risonanza (dir) Fabio Bonizzoni (Glossa)

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