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Maurizio Cazzati
Due cantate spirituali per San Francesco Saverio
edited by Giulia Giovani
(Musica Vocale da Camera, 6)

Orgoglioso guerriero («Lamento di S. Francesco Saverio per la perdita del suo crocefisso in mare e ricuperato da un granchio marino»), for tenor and basso continuo
In un mar di contenti («San Francesco Xaverio moribondo»), for contralto, basso continuo and violins "se piace" (if desired)

XXIV, 26 p.; 29,7 x 21 cm
Italian/English Introduction and apparatus

Maurizio Cazzati (1616-1678) was maestro di cappella at the basilica of S. Andrea in Mantova (1641-42); at the Accademia della Morte in Ferrara (1648-52); at Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo (1653-57), and the basilica of San Petronio in Bologna (1657-71), before holding the position of director of music for Duchess Anna Isabella Gonzaga (1671-78). He was the author of sixty-six printed collections of music (including sonatas, correnti, balletti, capricci, psalms, masses, motets, hymns, antiphons, litanies, arias, cantatas, madrigals, and canzonettas) that were issued from Bolognese and Venetian presses; he also composed operas and oratorios, the music of which is now lost.
These two spiritual cantatas are dedicated to important events in the life of Saint Francis Xavier. Orgoglioso guerriero, on the miracle that led to the Jesuit's canonization, is for tenor and basso continuo; In un mar di contenti, on the last moments of the saint's life, is for contralto, basso continuo and violins 'se piace' (if desired). Both cantatas were printed in Bologna, where Saint Francis Xavier was venerated as one of the city's protectors, in 1668.

Giulia Giovani. received her PhD in Music history at the Università di Roma Tor Vergata. From 2012 to 2014 she was granted scholarships from the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice to produce an analytical description of Antonio Vivaldi's cantatas and serenatas, and from the German Historical Institute in Rome to reconstruct the collection of cantatas originally belonging to Giuseppe Sigismondo, now held in Naples. In 2013 she took part as researcher in the "Printed Sacred Music in Europe" project; she is currently involved as coordinator in the international project "Clori. The Archive of the Italian Cantata". She won the first edition of the International Prize "Prince Francesco Maria Ruspoli" organized by the Centro Studi Santa Giacinta Marescotti of Vignanello. During her career she has participated in many international conferences; she has published scholarly editions of cantatas and several essays in the field of vocal chamber music and concerning the history of music printing in the 17th Century.

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