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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The text speaks in first person about a man whose love interest has been locked away from him.

Nearly three-quarters of her printed works were written for sopranobut she also published works for other voices. He is in so much pain and depression that his tears are gone and refuse to flow in order to release this mi and, of course, he wishes for death.

The words though, are those of a man. Carlo, Duke of Mantua, Ferdinand, Emperor of Austria to mention a few, never achieving lagriem patronage of a wealthy aristocrat. The members of ztrozzi academy encouraged her to set their poems to music. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. She had four children by a colleague of her father, Giovanni Vidman, and lived with her family.

Her art in music and love combined to make her a successful musician-composer in Venice. Retrieved from ” https: Members met regularly to discuss subjects that invariably dealt with love. 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. 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. She was baptised lagrimr the church of Santa Sofia in the Cannaregio district sestiere of Venice. She was beautiful and witty and acted as mistress of ceremonies, setting the topics and selecting the winners and performing her work.

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

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He was a patron of the arts and supporter of early opera. Also, Strozzi wrote most of her solo vocal compositions for soprano. Barbara Strozzi was an influential composer in the Baroque Era. She divided this free verse into sections according to content. 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.

It is conceivable that Strozzi may have been a courtesanalthough she may have merely been the target of jealous slander by her male contemporaries.

She spent her life composing and spent much of her money on publishing her works. All of these intense emotions are ripe for text-painting, a favorite musical technique of Baroque strozzii that I will discuss here. In she traveled to Padua, Italy where, after an illness of several months, she died and was buried in the Eremitani, an ancient church.


Her cantatas were chamber music, intended for intimate gatherings rather than public performances for large audiences at the opera. Giulio Strozzia poet and librettist, [1] recognised Barbara as his adopted daughter. Heinrich Schlusnus — — A blessed voice.

Lagrime mie | Baroque Era Music History

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.

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 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 is believed to have been buried at Eremitani. Venice, the birthplace of opera, was more open minded than other parts of Italy. A Double Faced Medea: After the 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 measurethe last on the tonic E minor.

Strozzi wrote and published prolifically, and her cantatas are worth study and discussion. All posts tagged Lagrime mie.

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Publishing was very expensive and paper costly. Later texts were written by her father’s colleagues, and for many compositions she may have written her own texts. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. However, her style is more lyrical, and more dependent on sheer lagrkme sound.