Della Pietà, Santa [Sanza, Samaritana ]
- Jane L. Berdes
[Sanza, Samaritana ]
( flc 1725– c1750; d after 1774). Italian composer, singer and violinist . She was a foundling admitted in infancy to the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice. From early childhood she received a thorough musical education in the coro (music school), and was a contralto soloist, violinist and composer during the tenures of Giovanni Porta, Nicola Porpora, and Andrea Bernasconi. She studied the violin under the maestra Anna Maria della Pietà, succeeded her as director of the orchestra in about 1740, and performed at least six of the violin concertos Vivaldi composed for Anna Maria. Her setting of the Vespers Psalm cxiii Laudate pueri à 4 in D, survives ( I-Vc correr esposti, 65 no.192, 13, 82).D. Arnold and E. Arnold: The Oratorio in Venice (London, 1986), 98, 108 G. Rostirolla: ‘L’organizzazione musicale nell’Ospedale veneziano della Pietà al tempo di Vivaldi’, NRMI , 13 (1979), 168–95, esp. 193...