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date: 19 October 2019

Assandra, Caterina [Agata]locked

  • Robert L. Kendrick

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[Agata]

(b ?Pavia, c1590; d Lomello, after 1618). Italian composer and nun. Assandra alluded to Pavia as her birthplace in the dedication of her surviving motet book, Motetti à due, & tre voci, op.2 (Milan, 1609³, 1 ed. in Bowers, 1996), which is dedicated to G.B. Biglia, the Bishop of Pavia. Her musical talents were noted early by the publisher Lomazzo in the dedication to G.P. Cima’s Partito de ricercari, e canzoni alla francese (RISM 1606¹5). She received instruction from the German Catholic exile Benedetto Re (or Reggio), maestro at Pavia Cathedral, who dedicated a piece to her in 1607. Her op.1 (probably before 1608) is lost, but two motets, Ave verum corpus and Ego flos campi, which survive untexted in a German organ tablature, are probably from that volume ( D-Rtt ; ed. C. Johnson: Organ music by Women Composers before 1800...

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