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date: 20 August 2019

Sessa, Claudia locked

  • Robert L. Kendrick

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(bc 1570; d Milan, between 1613 and 1619). Italian composer . She was a nun at the Lateran Canoness house of S Maria Annunciata in Milan; her singing abilities were praised by Puteanus (Modulata Pallas, 1599) and Borsieri’s encomium (1619) remarks on her outstanding musical talents and model life as a nun. Her two sacred songs, Vattene pur, lasciva orechia humana and Occhi io vissi di voi (for soprano and basso continuo; in Canoro pianto di Maria Vergine, RISM 1613³), belong to the north Italian monodic tradition; Vattene pur employs shifting modal centres to underline the surprise conceits of Angelo Grillo’s poem.

SchmidlD E. Puteanus: Modulata Pallas (Milan, 1599; rev. as Musathena, Hanover, 1602), chap. 5, 29 G. Borsieri: Il supplimento della nobiltà di Milano (Milan, 1619), 51–4 J. Bowers: ‘The Emergence of Women Composers in Italy, 1566–1700, Women Making Music: the Western Art Tradition, 1150–1950...

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