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date: 26 February 2020

Aloisi, Giovanni Battistalocked

  • Jerome Roche


(b Bologna; fl1628–44). Italian composer. He became a Franciscan friar and a doctor of theology; he was also maestro di cappella of the Cathedral of Sacile, near Udine, and later, in 1628, at the Franciscan friary in Bologna. With several other Italian musicians, he was active in the establishment of Cardinal Franz von Dietrichstein, Prince-Bishop of Olomouc, from 1631 until the cardinal's death in 1636, and in 1637 he wrote the dedication of his Contextus musicarum in Vienna. His output, entirely of church music, is mostly up to date in style and competently written. The masses of 1628 do, however, contain works in the stile antico as well, mellifluous and harmonically unadventurous compared to the music in the then modern manner, which is based more on contrasts. The Coelestis Parnassus, published in the same year, includes two motets with violins, which are used in delicate interplay with tenor voices. Aloisi's expressive technique includes chromaticism, used with telling effect in the third setting of ...

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