Hildegard von Bingen is a tough act to follow for anyone. But about years later Barbara Strozzi appears in Venice (). Another. Strozzi wrote and published prolifically, and her cantatas are worth study and discussion. Strozzi’s cantata, Lagrime mie, is a lament that presents such material . Barbara Strozzi () achieved success in the seventeenth century in , comes Lagrime mie, or My tears (Robin ). Analysis of this piece reveals .

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Her cantatas were chamber music, intended for intimate gatherings rather than public performances for large audiences at the opera. Her father created the Academia degli Unisoni to exhibit her talents. Retrieved from ” https: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Barbara Strozzi was an influential composer in the Baroque Era.

She was also compositionally gifted, and her father arranged for her to study with composer Francesco Cavalli.

Giulio Strozzia poet and librettist, bqrbara recognised Barbara as his adopted daughter. It is conceivable that Strozzi may have been a courtesanalthough she may have merely been the target of jealous slander by her male contemporaries.

Later texts were written by her father’s colleagues, and for many compositions she may have written her own texts.

Lamento – Lagrime mie, a che vi trattenete (Barbara Strozzi)

She became known as an outstanding singer with a beautiful voice. The text speaks in first person about a man whose love interest has been locked away from him.

Strozzi died in Padua in aged Harbara the composer Nicolo Fontei published a volume of lyrics dedicated to her, in which he gave her the title of La Virtuosissimo Cantatrice the lahrime virtuosic singer.


Following the arioso, she recalls the weeping lament measures 49 — 60 in which she invokes the conventional emblem of the lament-the descending bass in triple meter. The members of the academy encouraged her to set their poems to music.

She was most likely the illegitimate daughter of Strozzi and Isabella Garzoni, his long-time servant and heir. All of these intense emotions are ripe for text-painting, a favorite musical technique of Baroque composers that I will discuss here. A Double Faced Medea: Her performances and participation in the academy were considered scandalous and inspired gossip and satirical poems to be written about her since women did not do such things in that lagirme.

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Her Baroque compositions were published in her lifetime. Perhaps that is one reason she did not like to perform before large crowds but preferred to sing in an intimate setting, because she was reputed to possess a mis soprano voice. Her art in music and love combined to make her a successful musician-composer in Venice.

She lahrime married, but lived with lagrimd parents and her four children, until lzgrime death of her parents, remaining afterwards in the family home. Posted by loweba on September 24, https: Italian Baroque composers Italian female classical composers births deaths Republic of Venice women Italian artists’ models Italian classical composers Strozzi family Burials at the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua Burials at the Church of the Eremitani 17th-century classical composers 17th-century Italian actresses 17th-century Italian women 17th-century Venetian women 17th-century Venetian people.

Except for two stanzas of four eight-syllable lines each, which Strozzi set as a strophic aria measures 71 — 87 the ariathe text is made up of madrigal type verse of seven-and-eleven syllable lines without a regular rhyme scheme.

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She was beautiful and witty and acted as mistress of ceremonies, setting the topics and selecting the winners and performing her work.


Her lyrics were often poetic and well-articulated. Views Read Edit View history.

Many researchers have assumed that she was a courtesan but other researchers have cast doubt on that assumption. Carlo, Duke of Mantua, Ferdinand, Emperor of Austria to mention a few, never achieving the patronage of a wealthy aristocrat. A cantata came to mean a composition with continuo, solo voice based on a dramatic or lyrical text. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

She divided this free verse into sections according to content. Venice, the birthplace of stroziz, was more open minded than other parts of Italy. In she traveled to Padua, Italy where, after mir illness of several months, she died and was buried in the Eremitani, an ancient church. Her mother was Isabella Garzoni, who worked for Giulio as a servant, leading to the assumption that she was his mistress and Barbara their daughter.

Strozzi was said to be “the most prolific composer — man or woman — of printed secular vocal music in Venice in the Middle of the century. The text used in this work is from the perspective of a male, yet the cantata is written for soprano voice.

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Wikimedia Commons has media related to Barbara Strozzi. Women could perform on stage, but the popularity of the high voice of the castrato gave them the lead singing parts.

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