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Stradella, Alessandro

Born: 1639 AD
Died: 1682 AD, at 42 years of age.

Nationality: Italian
Categories: Composers


1639 - Born in Rome on the 3rd of April.

1667 - He moved to Rome where he composed copiously, mostly sacred music, and began to live a dissolute life.

         - He went to Venice, where he was hired by a powerful nobleman as the music tutor to his mistress.

         - He was again involved in an affair with a poorly-chosen woman, and this time a hired killer caught up with him at the Piazza Banchi and stabbed him to death.

         - Stradella was an extremely influential composer at the time, though his fame was eclipsed in the next century by Corelli, Vivaldi and others.

         - Three separate composers made operas out of his life, the most famous being Friedrich von Flotow with his Alessandro Stradella.

1682 - He was murdered in Genoa on the 25th of  February.


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