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Giovanni Paolo Colonna
1637 - 1695
Italy
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G.P. Colonna
Giovanni Paolo Colonna (16/06/1637 - 28/11/1695), an Italian composer and famous organist (from Bologna). He became maestro di cappella of the San Petronio at Bologna as successor to Cazzati.
Source: Grove’s dictionary of music and musicians
Contributor:Tassos Dimitriadis (picture)
Giovanni Paolo Colonna (1637 - 1695), an Italian musician and composer. Colonna was born in Bologna, then part of the Papal States. He was a pupil of Filipuzzi in his native city, and of Abbatini and Benevoli in Rome, where for a time he held the post of organist at S. Apollinare. A dated poem in praise of his music shows that he began to distinguish himself as a composer in 1659. In that year he was chosen organist at S. Petronio in Bologna, where on November 1, 1674 he was made maestro di capella. He also became president of the Philharmonic Academy of Bologna. He died in Bologna in 1695. Most of Colonna's works are for the church, including settings of the psalms for three, four, five and eight voices, and several masses and motets. He also composed an opera, under the title Amilcare, and an oratorio, La Profezia d Eliseo. The emperor Leopold I received a copy of every composition of Colonna, so that the imperial library in Vienna possesses upwards of 83 church compositions by him. Colonna's style is for the most part dignified, but is not free from the inequalities of style and taste almost unavoidable at a period when church music was in a state of transition, and had hardly learnt to combine the gravity of the old style with the brilliance of the new.
Missa pro Defunctis
Period:Baroque
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Missa pro Defunctis in F major, for two choirs and two organs. It contains:
- Introitus: Aeternam dona eis
- Kyrie
- Sequentia: Dies irae
- Offertorium: Domine Jesu Christe
- Sanctus
- Agnus Dei
- Lux aeterna
- Libera me Domine
Kyrie and Sequenz
Period:Baroque
Composed in:1676
Musical form:fragment
Text/libretto:Latin mass
No details available.
Source:Dagny Wegner, Requiemvertonungen in Frankreich zwischen 1670 und 1850, Hamburg, 2005
Messa Funebre in G major
Period:Baroque
Musical form:mass
No details available.
Source:Dagny Wegner, Requiemvertonungen in Frankreich zwischen 1670 und 1850, Hamburg, 2005
Messa, salmi e responsori per li defonti
Period:Baroque
Composed in:1685
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Later in the 17th century numerous requiem settings, many in concertato style, were produced by composers including G.B. Bassani, G.A. Bernabei, Antonio Bertali (eight settings), Biber, Giovanni Cavaccio, Cavalli, Cazzati, Joan Cererols, G.P. Colonna, P.A. Fiocco (three settings), Santino Girelli, J.K. Heller, J.C. Kerll (two settings), A.V. Michna, Marcin Mielczewski, Alessandro Scarlatti, Johann Stadlmayer, Christoph Straus (two settings) and Viadana.
Author:Steven Chang-Lin Yu
Messa, salmi e responsori per li defonti for double choir.
Source:Robert Chase, Dies Irae: A Guide to Requiem Music, Scarecrow Press, Inc. 2003