Antonio Salvi


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(1664–1724). Medici court physician-cum-librettist until 1715, and thereafter active in the Venetian theatre. Some of his twenty-five works, such as Arminio, Il Gran Tamerlano, and Scanderberg (1703–18) are on ‘exotic’ subjects. Others derive from Corneille and Racine, such as Amore e maestà (1715) and Astianatte (1718), which were two of six adapted for staging in London (in 1721 and 1727 respectively) in settings by Handel. In Italy his works were set by leading composers such as Alessandro Scarlatti, Vivaldi, and Galuppi.

From The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature in Oxford Reference.

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