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date: 21 October 2019

Balbi, Ignaziolocked

  • Marco Brusa
  •  and Herbert Seifert


(fl 1720–73). Italian composer. The earliest documentation of him is the score of the Oratorio della Madonna de' sette dolori; this bears a dedication to Emperor Charles VI, in whose service he already was at the time, signed ‘Ignatio Balbi Dilettante’ and dated ‘Milan, 24 February 1720’. In 1724–5 Balbi contributed four arias to two oratorios performed in Milan, and according to Quadrio he also contributed to one given there in 1726; this was possibly Il martirio di S Giovanni Nepomuceno, whose published libretto does not bear any composer's name. The librettos of three other works performed in Milan name Balbi as composer: La verità confessatasi da un'anima dannata (1729), La Passione (1735) and Ritornando il giorno trentesimo d'agosto l'anno MDCCLII (1752). In the libretto of the last of these he is described as ‘Virtuoso Dilettante Signor Don Ignazio Balbi Milanese, Segretario di S[ua] M[aestà] I[mperial] R[egia]’. The title ‘Regio Segretario Imperiale’ also appears in some of Balbi's letters, including one dated ...

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