Fedeli family [Saggion, Saggione, Saioni, Savion]
- Eleanor Selfridge-Field
[Saggion, Saggione, Saioni, Savion]
Italian family of composers and performers.
(b Venice, c1622; d Venice, Dec 19, 1685). Instrumentalist and composer. He was one of the most important instrumentalists in Venice in the 17th century; his activities as a composer, which came later in life, were secondary. He maintained three careers simultaneously. At S Marco he played bass string instruments from July 1643, and from January 1661 until his death he was leader of the orchestra (maestro de' concerti) there. Four of his sons – Alessandro (bc1653), Antonio (fl 1686–93), (2) Ruggiero and (3) Giuseppe – played under his direction. He was also the leader of a piffaro group and in December 1654 he was hired as one of the doge's piffari. His third career was at the Ospedale dei Mendicanti, where he succeeded Francesco Bonfante as maestro di strumenti in February 1662 and served for a decade....