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date: 20 August 2019

Bembo, Antonia locked

  • Claire Fontijn
  •  and Marinella Laini


( b ?Venice, c 1640; d Paris, c 1720). Italian composer and singer . Documents in Venice corroborate the ‘autobiography’ provided by the dedications of her six volumes of manuscript music, in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris: she was the only child of the doctor Giacomo Padoani, studied music with Francesco Cavalli, and in 1659 married Lorenzo Bembo, a Venetian nobleman. In 1677, in all likelihood she travelled with guitarist Francesco Corbetta to Paris, where she settled. She sang for Louis XIV, who awarded her a pension, enabling her to live in the community of the Petite Union Chrétienne des Dames de Saint Chaumont. She composed in most of the contemporary vocal genres: opera, serenata, aria, air, secular and sacred cantata, grand and petit motet. Her first collection, Produzioni armoniche, consists of 41 arias and cantatas on Italian, French and Latin texts, mainly for soprano and continuo (1 ed. C. Fontijn, Fayetteville, AR, ...

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