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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Views Read Edit View history. Not much is known of her childhood but it is known that she studied with Francesco Cavalli, the Director of St. She had four children by a colleague of her father, Giovanni Vidman, and lived with her family.

Many researchers have assumed that she was a courtesan but other researchers largime cast doubt on that assumption. Her cantatas were chamber music, intended for intimate gatherings rather than public performances for large audiences at lagrimd opera. In she traveled to Padua, Italy where, after an illness of several months, she died and was buried in the Eremitani, an ancient church. 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.

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Nearly three-quarters of laagrime printed works were written for sopranobut she also published works for other voices. Posted by loweba on September 24, https: She was also compositionally gifted, and her father arranged for her to study with composer Francesco Cavalli. She became known as an outstanding singer with a beautiful voice.

He seemed to be interested in exhibiting her considerable vocal talents to a wider audience. Women could perform on stage, but the popularity of the high voice of the castrato gave them the lead singing parts. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Her lyrics were often poetic and well-articulated. However, her style is more lyrical, and more dependent on sheer vocal sound. Undoubtedly her music has achieved immortality because she did not have to write to please a wealthy patron, but put to music the heartfelt poems of her father and friends.


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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. Barbara Strozzi was an influential composer in the Baroque Era.

Garbara did not, apparently, leave anything to her or her children in his will.

He is in so much pain and depression that his tears are gone and refuse to flow in order to release this pain and, of course, he wishes for death. The tormented poet weeping over his lost love bafbara Strozzi died in Padua in aged By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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The text used in this work is from the perspective of a male, yet the cantata is written for soprano voice. She divided this free verse into sections according to content. He was a patron of the arts and supporter of early opera.

She is believed to have been buried at Eremitani. The words though, are those of a man. She was most likely the illegitimate daughter of Strozzi and Isabella Garzoni, his long-time servant and heir.

Strozzi wrote and published prolifically, and her cantatas are worth study and discussion. The text speaks in first person about a man whose love interest has been locked away from him. She was probably his natural daughter, legitimized in his will of 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.


Venice, the birthplace of opera, was more open minded than other parts of Italy. Extremely slow, descending, chromatic vocal phrases imply such intense sadness on the first word: Also, Strozzi strkzzi most of her solo vocal compositions for soprano.

She published just over motets, madrigals, arias and cantatas, in eight volumes, between and and is credited with popularizing the cantata, which she wrote for the lyric soprano. It is conceivable that Strozzi may have been a courtesanalthough she may have merely been the target of jealous slander by her male contemporaries.

Her art in music and love combined to make her a successful musician-composer in Venice. Giulio stozzi 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. Retrieved from ” https: 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. She was beautiful and xtrozzi and acted as mistress of ceremonies, setting the topics and selecting the winners and performing her work.