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Stradella, Alessandrolocked

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(b Nepi, nr Viterbo, 3 April 1639; d Genoa, 25 Feb 1682). Italian composer. He was a leading composer in Italy in his day, and one of the most versatile.

Stradella came from a noble family originally of Fivizzano in Tuscany; when his great-uncle Alessio became Bishop of Sutri and Nepi, the family moved south. Alessandro’s father Marc’Antonio was a member of the Cavalieri di S Stefano, a prestigious military order founded in Pisa by the Medici. During the War of Castro he became vice-Marquis of Vignola, and it is possible that in ...

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