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Mazzocchi, Domenico

Gloria Rose

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.18202

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(b Civita Castellana, bap. Nov 8, 1592; d Rome, Jan 21, 1665). Italian composer, brother of Virgilio Mazzocchi.

After studying at the seminary at Civita Castellana, Mazzocchi took lower orders in 1606 and was ordained priest on 30 March 1619. In 1614 he went to Rome, where he obtained the right of citizenship, and in, or shortly before, 1619 he was made a Doctor of Laws. He entered the service of Cardinal Ippolito Aldobrandini, probably in 1621. Mazzocchi has sometimes been wrongly described as a musical dilettante. He acted as secretary to the cardinal (a type of position often occupied by poets), and was free to write music on special occasions for the Aldobrandini and other noble Roman families. His professionalism is exemplified by the fact that his brother Virgilio, who served as maestro di cappella at prominent Roman churches from 1626, would delegate to him the composition of music for certain important religious feasts....

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Subjects: Baroque Music

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