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date: 15 December 2019

Reggio, Pietro (Francesco)locked

  • Gloria Rose
  • , revised by Robert Spencer

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(Francesco)

(b Genoa, bap. ?July 6, 1632; d London, July 23, 1685). Italian composer, singer, lutenist, guitarist and teacher. He sang bass in the troupe of Italian musicians employed by Queen Christina in Stockholm (not Rome, as stated in EitnerQ, Grove5 and MGG1) from 30 November 1652 to 1 March 1653; he may have stayed in Sweden until the queen’s abdication in 1654. He is reported to have travelled to Germany and Spain, and there is documentary evidence dated September 1657 that about that time he sang in the French royal choir. By July 1664 he was in England: Pepys noted ‘one slovenly and ugly fellow, Seignor Pedro, who sings Italian songs to the theorbo most neatly’. He remained in England, settling in London and Oxford and earning his living by singing, playing and teaching music. The private homes in which he performed included those of Pepys and Evelyn. According to Evelyn in ...

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