Steffani [Staffani, Stefani, Stephani], Agostino
- Colin Timms
(b Castelfranco, nr Venice, 25 July 1654; d Frankfurt, 12 Feb 1728). Italian composer, churchman and diplomat. He made a major contribution to opera in northern Germany, where he spent most of his life, and his celebrated chamber duets for two voices and continuo represent an important stage in the development of Italian secular vocal music between Carissimi and Handel....