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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Lagri,e of these intense emotions are ripe for text-painting, a favorite musical technique of Baroque composers that I will discuss here. She became known as an outstanding singer with a beautiful voice.

However, her style is more lyrical, and more dependent on sheer vocal sound. Later texts were written by her father’s colleagues, and for many compositions she may have written her own texts. This is an interesting occurrence because she was a female composer in a lagrike when women were not prominent composers, much less prominent in anything.

Following the arioso, she recalls the weeping lament measures 49 — 60 in which she invokes the conventional emblem of the pagrime descending bass in triple meter. Many researchers have assumed that she was a courtesan but other researchers have cast doubt on that assumption. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Views Read Edit View history.

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


Her father created the Academia degli Unisoni to exhibit her talents. All posts tagged Lagrime mie. 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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After Vidman’s death it is likely that Strozzi supported herself by means of her investments and by her compositions.

Barbara Strozzi was an influential composer in the Baroque Era. She had four children by a colleague of her father, Giovanni Vidman, and lived with her family.

Giulio Strozzia poet and librettist, [1] recognised Barbara as his adopted daughter. Her performances and participation in the academy were strozzj scandalous and inspired gossip and satirical poems to be written about her since women did not do such things in that day. Strozzi died in Padua in aged Nearly three-quarters of her printed works were written for sopranobut she also published works for other voices.

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Also, Strozzi wrote most of her solo vocal compositions for soprano. This page was last edited on 5 Decemberat Venice, the birthplace of opera, was more open minded than other parts of Italy. She spent her life composing and spent much of her money on publishing lagrie works.


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She dedicated her works to different aristocrats: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Her Baroque compositions were published in her lifetime. Members met regularly to discuss subjects that invariably dealt with love. The tormented poet weeping over his lost love sings: The text speaks in first person about a man whose love interest has been locked away barabra him.

Barbara Strozzi: Lagrime Mie

She is believed to have been buried at Eremitani. Publishing was very expensive and paper costly. 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 cantatas were chamber music, intended for intimate gatherings rather than public performances for large audiences pagrime the opera. Not much is known of her childhood but it is known that she studied with Francesco Cavalli, lagime Director of St. 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. Women could perform on stage, but the popularity of the high voice of the castrato gave them the lead singing parts.

He was a patron of the arts and supporter of early opera. Perhaps that is one reason she did not like to perform before large crowds but preferred steozzi sing in an intimate setting, because she was reputed to possess a beautiful soprano voice.