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date: 22 August 2019

Antonelli, Giulio Cesare locked

  • Iain Fenlon


(fl Mantua, 1606–49). Italian composer. He was a canon. His known works survive in two manuscripts (in I-Mc , Fondo S Barbara), the first containing 12 madrigals dated from Luzzara, near Mantua, in 1606, the second a setting in six sections of Rinuccini's Lamento d'Arianna which is ascribed to him on the cover in a contemporary hand. The title-page of the 1606 manuscript describes him as maestro di cappella of S Andrea, Mantua, and a copy of his will dated 22 March 1649 and kept with the manuscript implies that he was still at S Andrea at this date. The madrigals are all settings of Guarini, more specifically texts that had already been set by Monteverdi, then also working at Mantua, most of them in his fifth book of madrigals (1605). Reliance on Monteverdi's example is also evident in the Lamento, which thus places Antonelli even more firmly among those composers working at Mantua during the first decade of the 17th century – for example Amante Franzoni – who were heavily indebted to Monteverdi for textual, formal and sometimes stylistic models. At the same time the ...

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