Marcello, Alessandro [Stinfalico, Eterio]
- Eleanor Selfridge-Field
(b Venice, Aug 24, 1673; d Venice, June 19, 1747). Italian composer. The son of a Venetian nobleman, he excelled in many fields and led a rich and varied life; his greatest contributions to the history of music came through his role as a Venetian academician. He was admitted to the Maggior Consiglio of the Republic on 2 December 1690 and long played an active role in the Venetian judiciary system. From 1690 to 1704 he was mainly occupied with completing his education in the Collegio di S Antonio, in gaining admittance to the Accademia degli Animosi (1698) and in serving in diplomatic posts in the Levant and the Peloponnese (1700–01).
The years 1705–8 were critical in the advancement of his interests, relationships and career. He briefly indulged in painting and drawing, apparently with the aim of ennobling premises he inhabited, with pastoral and allegorical paintings for the family palaces at Strà and Venice respectively and a religious painting for the ceiling of the Marcello parish church, S Marcuola. In literary circles, he was admitted to the Florentine Accademia della Crusca on ...