Giovanni Faustini


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(1615–51). Venetian librettist and impresario, who worked mostly with Francesco Cavalli. His settings are often foreign lands and his plots involve the misadventures of noble lovers, who are set against other characters from contrasting social classes, with borrowings from Spanish drama, pastoral theatre, and ancient Roman comedy. He uses hendecasyllables and settenari [see Versification] for recitatives and closed, usually strophic, regular forms for lyric pieces.

From The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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