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La Greca, Antonio

Paolo Emilio Carapezza and Giuseppe Collisani

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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[‘Il Fardiola’ ]

( b Palermo, 1631; d Palermo, May 8, 1668). Italian composer . His nickname was derived from his teacher, Filippo Fardiola, an incumbent of the Church at Palermo. In December 1653 La Greca is listed among the members of the Unione dei musici of Palermo. His Armonia sacra di vari motetti … libro primo op.1 (Palermo, 1657), discovered in the archives of St Paul’s Cathedral of Malta, Mdina, in 1979, is for two to five voices with organ continuo. It contains settings of 21 Latin sacred texts, most of them extra-liturgical. Exultate, gaudete (for two sopranos and bass voice) and Lauda Sion (for five voices) include two violins, though in the latter they are optional. The music is sensitive to the meaning of the texts, with contrasts of metre (triple and duple), tempo (presto, allegro and largo) and style (arias, ariosos and recitatives). The harmony is rich, full of bold dissonances and modulations, and the melody is constantly enchanting, with unusual and surprising figurations....

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Subjects: Baroque Music

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