Colonna, Giovanni Paulo

Giovanni Paolo Colonna

16 June 1637 – 28 November 1695) was an Italian composer, teacher, organist and organ builder. In addition to being chapel-master and organist of San Petronio Basilica in Bologna, he served prominent members of the courts of Ferrara, Parma, Modena and Florence. He was a founder-member and president of the Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna. Emperor Leopold I collected manuscripts of his sacred music, which reflects the Roman church cantata style of Giacomo Carissimi and looks forward to the manner of George Frideric Handel.
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Colonna: Cleopatra moribonda
Forces: soprano & continuo

An enormous and complex work for soprano and continuo telling through her own voice the fate of Cleopatra after being betrayed and deserted by Rome. Poison, asps, vengeance, fury, it has everything. In 24(!) parts, some as short as 2 bars, Colonna has created a scene of operatic drama and intensity. The poetry is by Sigr D Donato Copeda

Source: BL Add MS 27931 (large quarto with the Medici coat of arms)
Range: c - b flat''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Colonna: Fidalmo sfortunato
Forces: alto & continuo

Dramatic cantata in 2 recit and aria pair form. Fidalmo is suffering the vicissitudes of love (once again). Some lovely writing for a lowish alto. Poetry by Giacomo Lodovico Berselli

Source: BL Add 27931
Range: G - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Colonna: Il mondo armato
Forces: bass & continuo

A man's struggles with love, fate and war. In many sections with Colonna's typical blurring of aria/recit boundaries. A virtuosic and stirring piece.

Source: BL Add 27931
Range: DD - e

Editor: James Sanderson

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Colonna: L'Adamo
Forces: alto & continuo

Source BL Add. 14110

2 paired recitatives and arias

Editor: James Sanderson

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