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date: 30 May 2020

Pamphili, Benedetto locked

  • Lowell Lindgren


(b Rome, April 25, 1653; d Rome, March 22, 1730). Italian patron and librettist . His immense wealth was largely derived from a pension granted by his great-uncle, Pope Innocent X, his salary as Grand Prior in Rome of the Knights of Malta from 1678, and his benefices as a cardinal from 1 September 1681. His literary gifts are reflected in his post as principe of the Accademia degli Umoristi in Rome (by 1677) and his ‘acclamation’ as Fenicio Larisseo in the Arcadian Academy (12 May 1695). His fascination with oratorios is manifested by his protectorship of two organizations that produced them, the Collegio Clementino (1689–1730) and the Arciconfraternita del SS Crocifisso (1694–1724). His maestri di musica were Alessandro Melani (c 1676–c 1681), Lulier (1681–90) and Cesarini (1690–1730). From 1684 to 1690 his most highly paid instrumentalist was Corelli, who (like Lulier) chose not to follow him to Bologna, where he was papal legate from ...

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C. Sartori: I libretti italiani a stampa dalle origini al 1800 (Cuneo, 1990-94)
Rome, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Rivista italiana di musicologia