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Harmonia Time Capsule: 1619

Giovanni Anerio published his collection of oratorios Teatro armonico (“Theater of Harmony”) in Rome. Hans Leo Hassler published his “German Litany” in Nuremberg.

The great opera composer Claudio Monteverdi had his seventh book of madrigals printed in Venice. The “Psalms of David” of Heinrich Schütz were published in Dresden.

And finally, the only known work of Italian nun Sulpitia Cesis was printed in Modena, entitled simply “Spiritual Motets.”

In other music news of 1619, the prolific English lutenist and composer Daniel Bacheler passed away in England at the end of January. Bacheler spent his professional life employed by the nobility, both as a professional lutenist and secretary. His song “To plead my faith” was included in Robert Dowland’s distiguished 1610 collection of songs “Musicall Banquet.”

Two notable composers were born in 1619.

In Mexico, Juan García de Zéspedes was supposedly born in Puebla, yet we don’t really know. Zespedes was employed by the Cathedral during his childhood under its chapelmaster Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, who Zespedes eventually succeeded. Zespedes’ most popular work today is the Guaracha Convidando esta la noche.

In Italy, Barbara Strozzi was born in Venice. She was the most distiguished woman composer of the 17th Century. A student of Francesco Cavalli, Strozzi went to publish eight different collections of vocal music. She was the adopted daughter of the poet and dramatist Giulio Strozzi who was instrumental in her exceptional education.

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