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String Quartets In The Eighteenth Century

A Renaissance woman during the late seventeenth century.

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Doge's Palace in Venice

Maddalena Lombardini Sirmen received rave reviews during her years touring as a solo violinist in Paris and London. Originally born in Italy, she studied at the ospedale of the Mendicanti in Venice and privately with violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini. But Sirmen could do more than just play the violin: she performed a harpsichord concerto while in London, and was employed as a singer at an opera house in Dresden for five years. She also composed a number of violin concertos and string quartets. The Allegri String Quartet has recorded all six of her quartets on the Cala label.

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Maddalena Lombardini Sirmen: String Quartet No 5: Minuetto
Allegri String Quartet — The 6 String Quartets (Cala Records, 1994)
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Maddalena Lombardini Sirmen: String Quartet No 5: Minuetto
Allegri String Quartet — The 6 String Quartets (Cala Records, 1994)
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Maddalena Lombardini Sirmen: String Quartet No 4: Cantabile
Allegri String Quartet — The 6 String Quartets (Cala Records, 1994)
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Anna Pranger

Anna Pranger moved to Bloomington in 2009 to pursue a degree in music librarianship. Before this, she worked on a degree in music history at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. She serves as both an assistant producer for Harmonia and the Music Library Assistant for WFIU.

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