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date: 18 May 2021

Feliciani, Andrealocked

  • K. Bosi Monteath

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(b Siena; bur. Siena, Dec 24, 1596). Italian composer. He was the leading Sienese musician of his time, succeeding Ascanio Marri as maestro di cappella of the cathedral on 1 November 1575 and retaining the position until his death in 1596. Nothing is known of his life before this appointment, although it has been speculated that he was a pupil of Palestrina, and that he may have found employment in a provincial town such as Grosseto.

Under Feliciani’s guidance the choir school and cappella of Siena Cathedral grew in size and prestige, the number of singers under his direction increasing from ten in 1575 to 27 in 1596, the year of his death. Both Feliciani's sacred compositions and the music added to the repertory of the capella under his direction reflect the ideas of the Counter-Reformation as exemplified by the works of Ruffo, Palestrina and Victoria. A posthumous tribute to Feliciani, in Banchieri’s ...

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