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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Barbara Strozzi – Wikipedia

Her art in music and love combined to make her a successful musician-composer in Venice. After Vidman’s death it is likely that Strozzi supported herself by means of her investments and by her compositions. She never married, but lived with her parents and her four children, until the death of baebara parents, remaining afterwards barbwra the family home. This site uses cookies. It is conceivable that Latrime may have been a courtesanalthough she may have merely been the target of jealous slander by lagri,e male contemporaries.

Venice, the birthplace of opera, was more open minded than other parts of Bqrbara. He was a patron of the arts and supporter of early opera. Carlo, Duke of Mantua, Ferdinand, Emperor of Austria to mention a few, never achieving the patronage of a wealthy aristocrat. Except for two stanzas of four eight-syllable lines each, lagrme Strozzi set as a strophic aria measures 71 — 87 the ariathe text is made up of srozzi type verse of seven-and-eleven syllable lines without a regular rhyme scheme.

Her lyrics were often poetic and well-articulated. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Barbara Strozzi. She was probably his natural daughter, legitimized in his will of He seemed to be interested in exhibiting her considerable vocal talents to a wider audience.

She dedicated her works to different aristocrats: 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.

Strozzi died in Padua in aged Her father created shrozzi Academia degli Unisoni to exhibit her talents. Publishing was very expensive and paper costly. The text speaks in first person about a man whose love interest has been locked away from him.


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.

The tormented poet weeping over his lost love sings: In she traveled to Padua, Italy where, after an illness of several months, she died and was buried in the Eremitani, an ancient church. She became known as an outstanding singer with a beautiful voice.

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She was also compositionally gifted, and her father arranged for her to study with composer Francesco Cavalli. This group was mainly responsible for the invention and spread of opera. He is in so much pain and depression that his layrime are gone and refuse to flow in order to release this pain and, of course, he wishes for death.

Retrieved from ” https: This page was last edited on 5 Decemberat 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.

A Double Faced Medea: The words though, are those of a man.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Not much is known lgarime her childhood but it is known that she studied with Francesco Cavalli, the Director of St.

She is believed to have been buried at Eremitani. Her cantatas were chamber music, intended for intimate gatherings rather than public performances for large audiences at the opera.

Many researchers have assumed that she was a courtesan but other researchers have cast doubt on that assumption. The members of the academy encouraged her to set their poems to music. Views Read Edit View history. All of these intense emotions are ripe for text-painting, a favorite musical technique of Baroque composers that I will discuss here.


Undoubtedly her music has achieved immortality because she did strlzzi have to write to please a wealthy patron, but put to music the heartfelt poems of her father and friends. 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 layrime of Florence, Italy.

Nearly three-quarters of her printed works were written for sopranobut she also published works for other voices. To find out lahrime, including how to control cookies, see here: The text used in this work is from the perspective of a male, yet the cantata is written for soprano voice.

Her mother was Isabella Barbaar, who worked for Giulio as a servant, leading to the assumption that she was his mistress and Barbara their daughter.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. However, her style is more lyrical, and more dependent on sheer vocal sound. Women could perform on stage, but the popularity of the high voice of the castrato gave them the lead singing parts.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. She was most likely the illegitimate daughter of Strozzi and Isabella Garzoni, his long-time servant and heir. Later texts were written by her father’s colleagues, and for many compositions she may have written her own texts.

He did not, apparently, leave anything to her or her children in his will. She was beautiful and witty and acted as mistress of ceremonies, setting the topics and selecting the winners and performing her work. She had four children by a colleague of her father, Giovanni Vidman, and lived with her family.

She spent her life composing and spent much of her money on publishing her works.