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Campana, Francesca

John Whenham

in Oxford Music Online

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

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(b Rome; d probably in Rome, July 1665). Italian composer, singer and instrumentalist. In a letter of 3 December 1633 Fulvio Testi commended her to Duke Francesco I of Modena as a master of her art – she composed and played the spinet – and one of the two finest female singers in Rome (‘though the most sensitive detect a little hoarseness in her voice’). She was probably the Francesca, daughter of Andrea Campana of Rome, who became the wife of the composer Giovan Carlo Rossi (possibly after 1633, since Testi mentions no husband) and thus sister-in-law of Luigi Rossi. Her extant music includes two pieces published in 1629 (RISM 1629¹) – a florid setting for solo voice of the canzonet Pargoletta vezzosetta and a continuo madrigal for two voices, Donna, se ’l mio servir – and Arie a 1, 2, e 3 voci op.1 (Rome, 1629). As its title implies, this latter volume consists largely of strophic songs; most of them are in triple or in alternating triple and duple time, and some include virtuoso passages. The volume opens with a sonnet setting for solo voice, ...

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Subjects: Baroque Music

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