Bernardoni, Pietro Antonio
- Lowell Lindgren
(b Vignola, nr Modena, June 30, 1672; d Bologna, Jan 19, 1714). Italian librettist. From his youth he was a close friend of the scholar Lodovico Muratori in Modena. He became a member of the Accademia dell’Arcadia in Rome in 1691, taking the name Cromiro Dianio; his later tragedies and musical dramas reflect many of the refining and purifying ideals of the Arcadians. In his twenties, he served various noblemen in northern Italy and in Paris, where he resided between June and September 1699. In July 1701 he was named to succeed Niccolò Minato as an imperial poet in Vienna, after Zeno had refused the honour. Here he served first Leopold I, together with the poet Donato Cupeda (d 1704) then Joseph I, together with Silvio Stampiglia. Muratori’s letters reveal that Bernardoni returned to Italy when war ravaged Vienna in 1703–4, then again in 1706–7. He retired with an imperial pension in ...