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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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 beautiful soprano voice. She divided this free verse into sections according to content. Views Read Edit View history.

Publishing was very expensive and paper costly. However, her style is more lyrical, and more dependent on sheer vocal sound.

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. He did not, apparently, leave anything to her or her children in his will. This group was mainly responsible for the invention and spread of opera. 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.

In she traveled to Padua, Italy where, after an illness of several months, she died and was buried in the Eremitani, an ancient church. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

She spent her life composing and spent lahrime of baebara money on barbwra her works. The members of the academy encouraged her to set their poems to music. In the composer Nicolo Fontei published a volume of lyrics dedicated to her, in which he gave her the title of La Virtuosissimo Cantatrice the most virtuosic singer.

After miw aria, a short recitative leads to a triple time bel canto section built on a descending-fourth basso continuo, which is abandoned for two closing sections, the first ending deceptively on G major measure mi, the last on the tonic E minor. Strozzi wrote and published prolifically, and her cantatas are worth study and discussion. Giulio Strozzia poet and librettist, [1] recognised Barbara as his adopted daughter.


She was also compositionally gifted, and her father arranged for her to study with composer Francesco Cavalli. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The tormented poet weeping over his lost love sings: She published just over motets, madrigals, arias and cantatas, in eight volumes, between and and is credited mi popularizing the cantata, which she wrote for the lyric soprano. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. She was baptised in the church of Santa Sofia in the Cannaregio district sestiere of Venice.

Barbara Strozzi

After Vidman’s death it is likely that Strozzi supported herself by means of her investments and by her compositions. Lageime was a patron of the arts and supporter of early opera. 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 labrime of madrigal type verse of seven-and-eleven syllable lines without a regular rhyme scheme. Her father created the Academia degli Unisoni to exhibit her talents. Nearly three-quarters of her printed works were written for sopranobut she also published works for other voices.

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All posts tagged Lagrime mie. Members met regularly to discuss subjects that invariably dealt with love. The words though, are those of a man. The text brbara in this work is from the perspective of a male, yet the cantata is written for soprano voice. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Giulio himself was illegitimate, born in Venice, the son of Robert Strozzi later recognized by hima member of one of the most wealthy and powerful families of Florence, Italy. Heinrich Schlusnus — — A blessed voice.

She never married, but lived with her parents and her four children, until the death of her parents, remaining afterwards in the family home. 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 day. Her cantatas were chamber music, intended for intimate gatherings rather than public performances for large audiences at the opera.


Venice, the birthplace of opera, was more open minded than other parts of Italy. Her art in music and love combined to make her a successful musician-composer in Venice. Also, Strozzi wrote most of her solo vocal compositions for soprano.

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Many researchers have assumed that she was a courtesan but other researchers have cast doubt on that assumption. 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.

This page was last edited on 5 Decemberat Carlo, Duke of Mantua, Ferdinand, Emperor of Austria to mention a few, never achieving the patronage of a wealthy aristocrat. She is believed to have been buried at Eremitani.

Later texts were written by her father’s colleagues, and for many compositions she may have written her own texts. Barbara Strozzi was an influential composer in the Baroque Era. She was most likely me illegitimate daughter of Strozzi and Isabella Garzoni, his long-time servant and heir. Stgozzi Baroque compositions were published in her lifetime. Strozzi died in Padua in aged The text speaks in first person about a man whose love interest shrozzi been locked away from him.

Extremely slow, descending, chromatic vocal phrases imply such intense sadness on the first word: This is an interesting occurrence because she was a female composer in a time when women were not prominent composers, much less prominent in anything. She was beautiful and witty and acted as mistress of ceremonies, setting the topics and selecting the winners and performing her work. This site uses cookies. She became known as an outstanding singer with a beautiful voice.