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date: 20 February 2020

Ziani, Pietro Andrealocked

  • Theophil Antonicek,
  • Harris S. Saunders
  •  and Jennifer Williams Brown


(b Venice, probably before Dec 21, 1616; d Naples, Feb 12, 1684). Italian composer and organist, uncle of Marc’Antonio Ziani. By 1639 he was organist at S Salvatore, Venice, where he also belonged to the convent of canons regular. He became a deacon on 19 March 1639 and took holy orders on 22 December 1640. From April 1650 to 1657 he was employed at S Marco, probably as a singer. In 1648 an opera possibly by Ziani was staged in Venice; another performed in January 1654 was certainly by him. From 15 May 1657 to 21 June 1659 he was Cazzati’s successor as maestro di cappella at S Maria Maggiore, Bergamo. He then returned to S Marco in Venice and became music director of the Venetian Ospedale degli Incurabili. In late autumn 1662 Ziani, like Antonio Cesti, went to Innsbruck; at the end of that year he went on to Vienna as Kapellmeister to the dowager Empress Eleonora. While in her service Ziani continued to fulfill commissions for Venice. In winter ...

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