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    Barbara Strozzi, a Venetian singer and composer, was most probably the illegitimate daughter of Giulio Strozzi, a poet and librettist, and his servant Isabella Garzoni. Barbara's father gave her an intensive musical education and arranged for her to study composition with Francesco Cavalli.

    She may or may not have been a courtesan, but after the father of her children, Giovanni Paolo Vidman (a patron of the opera), died, she supported herself from her investments and from her printed compositions. She was the most prolific writer of secular songs in the Venice of her day. Her poetry and lyrics were well-regarded, and she wrote mostly for the soprano voice, her work being rooted firmly in the secunda pratica tradition - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seconda_pratica.
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    I love Barbara Strozzi's songs for the way they marry emotion and lyric and music in a passionate fusion. In many of her songs, the thought process or the turn of feelings in a given situation is acted out through the music.

    This video performed by Cappella Mediterranea - currently on YouTube - is an excellent listen:



    It includes/ included the following songs by Barbara Strozzi:

    Barbara Strozzi, Virtuosissima Compositrice (1619-1677)
    Cappella Mediterranea - Leonardo García Alarcón - 2009
    Céline Sheen, Mariana Flores: soprani
    Fabián Schofrin: controtenore
    Jaime Caicompai, Andrés Silva: tenori
    Matteo Bellotto: basso

    0:00 - Hor che 'l ciel e la terra - Claudio Monteverdi, Madrigali guerrieri ed amorosi
    8:24 - Lagrime mie - Barbara Strozzi, Diporti di Euterpe, op.7
    17:22 - Priego ad amore - Barbara Strozzi, Il primo libro de madrigali, op.1
    21:03 - Dispietata pietate - Sigismondo d'India, Il terzo libro de madrigali
    23:41 - Che si può fare - Barbara Strozzi, arie e voce sola, op.8
    35:52 - Silentio nocivo - Barbara Strozzi, Il primo libro de madrigali, op.1
    40:43 - Vecchio amante - Barbara Strozzi, Il primo libro de madrigali, op.1
    46:09 - L'usignuolo - Barbara Strozzi, Il primo libro de madrigali, op.1
    50:32 - Sì ch'io vorrei morire - Claudio Monteverdi, Il quarto libro de madrigali
    53:31 - L'amante modesto - Barbara Strozzi, Il primo libro de madrigali, op.1

    It is - quite simply - fabulous.
    Even though Barbara Strozzi's songs have become fairly popular in Baroque circles of recent years, I believe she is underrated as a composer of vocal music.
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    There are many other single songs on YouTube as I write. A list of those I listened to and found enjoyable can be found on post #463 of my thread For Love of the Baroque.
    For love of the Baroque...

    Two of my particular favourites are La Vendetta -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zkLotxUTNg

    and Che si può fare -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDBPfhG-gVk .
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