Alessandro Stradella

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Stradella, Alessandro

(älĕs-sän`drō strädĕl`lä), 1642?–1682, Italian composer of operas, cantatas, oratorios, and instrumental music. Few facts but many legends exist concerning his life; he is said to have been assassinated at the behest of a Venetian nobleman with whose mistress Stradella had eloped. His life is the subject of several operas, one by Friedrich von Flotow (1844). Stradella's music is generally lighthearted and melodious. He helped to develop the structural form and expressive power of the aria and to increase the use of contrapuntal techniques in opera. Handel was influenced by his oratorios and even borrowed some of his musical ideas.
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Stradella, Alessandro


Born Oct. 1, 1644, in Rome; died Feb. 25 (according to other sources, Feb. 28 or Mar. 1), 1682, in Genoa. Italian composer and singer.

Stradella contributed to the development of the oratorio and the cantata and produced works in various other genres, including opera. He was murdered at the instigation of the Lomellini family, in whose household he gave lessons. Precise information on his life has long been lacking. A legendary aura has surrounded Stradella because of the supposedly miraculous power of his music and the attempts made on his life out of jealousy and revenge. This dramatic story was the theme of Flotow’s opera Alessandro Stradella (1844).


Giazotto, R. Vita di A. Stradella, vols. 1–2. Milan, 1962.
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Led by UO professor Marc Vanscheeuwijck, the free concert features period instruments and includes a culturally informed performance of Alessandro Stradella's 17th century oratorio, "San Giovanni Battista."
Nothing similar to Nigito's discussion of late-seventeenth-century music copyists has been published since Owen Jander's presentation of the Stradella copyists in 1969, in volume 4 of the Wellesley Edition Cantata Index Series (Alessandro Stradella, 1644-1682 [Wellesley, MA: Wellesley College, 1969]).
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While his first two CDs were more focused, this new release offers an eclectic mix of popular French and Italian arias, with a few German (Der Rosenkavalier, Martha and Alessandro Stradella) and a single Russian aria (Yevgeny Onegin) thrown in for good measure.
Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682) is one of the few Italian composers between the time of Palestrina and Rossini who was never forgotten, though for a reason that would hardly have pleased him: he was murdered.
Alessandro Stradella's oratorio, played on period instruments and conducted by Marc Vanscheeuwijck, associate professor of musicology, offers 17th century intrigue, seduction and death.
The double choir structure can be found in many of the concertos and sinfonias of Alessandro Stradella (1642 [recte, 1639]-1682), who was probably a strong influence on the young Corelli.
McClary, a 2015 Trotter Visiting Professor, will talk about various musical works devoted to the story, including Richard Strauss' 1905 musical version of Oscar Wilde's play, "Salome," and even earlier, Alessandro Stradella's 1675 oratorio, "San Giovanni Battista."
(One might, perhaps, examine works that seem "merely" conventional instead of the masterpieces McClary selects.) In any case, McClary tackles an impressive variety of music, from an aria by Alessandro Stradella to a Bessie Smith blues song, and from a late Beethoven quartet to a rap by Public Enemy, and she has many interesting and insightful things to say.