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 words though, are those of a man. Many researchers have assumed that she was a courtesan but other researchers have cast doubt on that assumption.

Anna Caterina Antonacci & Accademia degli Astrusi – “Lagrime mie” – Cantata – Barbara Strozzi.

Her Baroque compositions were published in her lifetime. He did not, apparently, leave anything to her or her children in his stdozzi. Barbara Strozzi was an influential composer in the Baroque Era. She was probably his natural daughter, legitimized in his will of Later texts were written by her father’s colleagues, and for many compositions she may have written her own texts.

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

Strozzi died in Padua in aged Following the arioso, she recalls the weeping lament measures 49 — 60 in which she invokes the barbbara emblem of the lament-the descending bass in triple meter. 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.


After the wtrozzi, 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 stdozzi G major measurethe last on the tonic E minor. Undoubtedly her music has achieved immortality because she did not have to write to please a wealthy patron, but put to music the heartfelt poems of her father and friends.

In the composer Nicolo Fontei published a volume of lyrics dedicated to her, in which he gave her the title of La Virtuosissimo Cantatrice the most virtuosic singer. He was a patron of the arts and supporter of early opera. She spent her life composing and spent much of her money on publishing her works.

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To find out more, including how to control cookies, strrozzi here: This site uses cookies. After Vidman’s death it is likely that Strozzi supported herself by miie of her investments and by her compositions. Also, Strozzi wrote most of her solo vocal compositions for soprano. Extremely slow, descending, chromatic vocal phrases imply such intense sadness on the first word: This page was last edited on 5 Decemberat 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 became known as an outstanding singer with a beautiful voice. The members of the academy encouraged her to set their poems to music.

She never married, but lived with her parents and her four children, until the death of her parents, remaining afterwards in the family home. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

Lamento – Lagrime mie, a che vi trattenete (Barbara Strozzi)

Publishing was very expensive and paper costly. She divided this free verse into sections according to content. Perhaps that is one reason she did not like to perform before large crowds but preferred to sing in storzzi intimate setting, because she was reputed to possess a beautiful soprano srozzi.

However, her style is more lyrical, and more dependent on sheer vocal sound. It is conceivable that Strozzi may have been a courtesanalthough she may have merely been the target of jealous slander by her male contemporaries. Members met regularly to discuss subjects that invariably dealt with love.

Nearly three-quarters of her printed works were written for sopranobut she also published works for other voices. Lagrimee by loweba on September 24, https: