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Nicola Antonio Porpora

17th August, 1686 - 3rd March, 1768 (Naples)

A celebrated Neapolitan composer and singing teacher, Porpora's ability to set the Italian language to music was internationally acknowledged during his lifetime. Rival of Handel...teacher of Haydn.
"...The Cantatas of Nicolo (sic) Porpora have been always much esteemed, on account of the excellence of their Recitatives, and the good taste and truly vocal style of the airs...Porpora's Cantatas particularly the Recitatives, are still regarded in Italy as models of perfection for narrative Music..."
Articles listed at this site - Click on the title to read.

Domenico Scarlatti
Extracted with permission from The Grove Concise Dictionary of Music edited by Stanley Sadie Macmillan Press Ltd., London.
Contributor: James Sanderson

Farinelli
Life of the great 18th century singer
Contributor: James Sanderson

Francesco Durante
From the Durante Project, a new biography of Francesco Durante
Contributor: James Sanderson

Hexachord, The
Abridged from the article in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Contributor: William Drabkin

Introduction to British Library Manuscript Add 29484
Written by the collector in the fly-leaf of this manuscript. An interesting contemporary view.
Contributor: James Sanderson

Leonardo Leo - (1694 - 1744)
James Sanderson's biography of the Neapolitan composer.
Contributor: James Sanderson

Orphans and Musicians in Venice
Denis Stevens describes a unique system of social support in 18th-century Venice that brought great economic, social and cultural benefits.
Contributor: Denis Arnold

Pietro Metastasio
Life of the 18th century poet and librettist
Contributor: James Sanderson

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