Antonio Sartorio


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(b Venice, 1630; d Venice, 30 Dec. 1680). Italian composer. He established himself as a composer of Venetian opera in the 1660s. In 1666 he became Kapellmeister at the Italianate court of the Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg in Hanover, where he remained until 1675, returning frequently to Italy for performances of his operas. In 1676 he became vicemaestro at St Mark's, Venice. Sartorio's operas captured the popular demand for a multiplicity of lyrical arias at the expense of dramatic recitative typical of the older style of Monteverdi's pupil Cavalli. He was particularly famous for the triple-metre laments over an ostinato bass combined with an acerbic harmonic idiom, and for the trumpet obbligato arias. A single publication of psalms (1680) also survives.

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