Agostino Steffani

Agostino Steffani (zweifelhaft)

alleged haven-guesses/advises Agostino Steffani from Agostino Steffani after a missing person original, 1816 (

doubtfuly) (* 25. July 1654 in Castelfranco Veneto; † 12. February 1728 in Frankfurt/Main) was an Italian composer, a diplomat and a catholic bishop.

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Steffani spent its childhood with its relatives in Padua, where it visited the High School. It was promoted at that time from the pair of cure princes Bavarian in Padua to because-end, which it accompanied 1667 to Munich and in its services it 21 years remained long. There it was informed by Johann Caspar Kerll in the organ play.

1672 traveled Steffani for further musical training with Ercole Bernabei to Rome, where he remained two years long. Besides Steffani operated also theological studies. 1674 it published its first work, the Psalmodia vespertina. Further vowel works followed; Steffani began study trips to France and upper Italy, with which he had to possibly fulfill also diplomatic orders. Into Paris it stepped before Ludwig XIV. at the Cembalo up.

The assumption of office max' II. Emanuel in the year 1680 meant a cut in the life Steffanis, which was geweiht in the same year after conclusion of its theology study to the priest. Steffani fulfilled secret diplomatic missions, which often stood in connection with the marriage projects of its kurfürstlichen gentleman. 1681 were specified Steffanis first opera Marco Aurelio, in which the influence is recognizable Lullys.

Hanover and Duesseldorf

autograph of a Kammerduetts

in May 1688 became Steffani of the prince honorable to dismiss. After a short stay in Italy it became at the end of of June Opernkapellmeister to yards of the duke Ernst August of Hanover. Here it brought new operas out until 1696 nearly each year. 1696 moved to Steffani to Brussels, where he came with the opera works Lullys into contact. It worked mainly as a partner. 1702 wähnte Steffani a defeat with its diplomatic activities and concentrated again strengthened on the musical work.

In the same year he was called by the cure prince Johann William after Duesseldorf, where he was appointed the religious advice president and soon made itself popular as advisors. One year later it became secret advice and kurpfälzischer head of the provincial government and led political negotiations in several cities. A time long it was Rector magnificus and curator at the University of Heidelberg, in order in September 1706 the bishop von Spiga in portion bus infidelium to be finally appointed.

late years

1708 Steffani was sent to Rome, in order to mediate in the controversy between the emperor and the Pope. 1709 he was appointed the Apostoli Vikar of the again-described Vikariates for upper and Lower Saxony. With the project of the Rekatholisierung of some German prince houses it traveled again to Germany. After death some of its noble benefactors came to Steffani increasingly into financial difficulties. It died 1728 at an impact accumulation in Frankfurt, when it wanted to sell some art articles bring along from Italy.

musical work

Steffani integrated elements of the French, in addition, the German music into the Italian clay/tone art. Beside the operas Steffani published above all Kammerduette, those far to in 18. Century inside popularity enjoyed. Of it both the large number of copies of its works and the praising mention witness by musicians and poets.

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