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Luca Casagrande – “Cessa d’essere Amante” – Cantata per Basso e B. C. – Giovanni Legrenzi (1626 – 1690)

by Luca

Luca Casagrande – “Cessa d’essere Amante” – Cantata per Basso e B. C. – Giovanni Legrenzi (1626 – 1690) – From the CD “Amore e Virtù” – Cantate, e Canzonette a voce sola. Op. 12 (Bologna, Giacomo Monti, 1676).

Artistic Director and Producer Luca Casagrande

Giovanni Legrenzi (baptized August 12, 1626 – May 27, 1690) was an Italian composer of opera, vocal and instrumental music, and organist, of the Baroque era. He was one of the most prominent composers in Venice in the late 17th century, and extremely influential in the development of late Baroque idioms across northern Italy.
Legrenzi was active in most of the genres current in northern Italy in the late 17th century, including sacred vocal music, opera, oratorio, and varieties of instrumental music. Though best known as a composer of instrumental sonatas, he was predominantly a composer of liturgical music with a distinctly dramatic character. The bulk of his instrumental music may also be included in this category, since it would have been used primarily as a substitute for liturgical items at Mass or Vespers. His operas were immensely popular (and extravagantly presented) in their day, though like his oratorios, few have survived. His later dance music was certainly connected with the operatic repertoire, though the function of an early collection (Op. 4, which is musicologically famous for its inclusion of six pieces designated sonate da camera) is less clear.

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