Giovanni Antonio Rigatti

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Born: 1615Italy
Died: 1649Italy
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Rigatti published nine volumes of sacred music, five of which contain solo and concertato motets, and four which contain psalms (also including three Masses). He also published two books of secular music (monodies and concertato madrigals). His music is distinguished by charming yet forceful melodies, imaginative structures and dramatic word painting.


From 1635 till 1637 Rigatti was choirmaster at the Udine Cathedral. Later on he was a priest in Venice, where he sang at St. Mark’s and taught singing at one of the Venetian conservatories. In 1646 he directed music for the Patriarch of Venice. Rigatti was highly esteemed by the age of only 20, when he was an outstanding church composer. Those were the last years of Monteverdi in Venice.

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