Baliani [Bagliani, Balliani, Basiliani], Carlo
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(b ?Milan, c1680; d Milan, Feb 16, 1747). Italian composer. A Milan Cathedral document of 1714 discloses that he was 34 years old at the time and that he had served for an unspecified period as maestro di cappella of S Maria della Passione, Milan. His selection by the cathedral chapter followed a written examination on 7 April 1714 in which he competed against Francesco Scarlatti (Alessandro's brother), A.F. de Messi, a Milanese musician, and G.A. Costa, a Paduan priest active in Rome (whom the cathedral was pressed to appoint by the Austrian court); accepting the recommendations of seven judges (including A.M. Bononcini and G.A. Perti), the chapter appointed Baliani maestro di cappella on 13 December 1714.
Except for a single cantata (Solitudine amata) and an act of an opera (Ambletto, 1719), no secular music by Baliani has come to light. He wrote a considerable quantity of music for the Ambrosian liturgy during his 33 years at Milan Cathedral, now in the cathedral archive (...