Marazzoli, Marco, significant Italian composer; b. Parma, between 1602 and 1608; d. Rome, Jan. 26, 1662. In 1631 he gained the patronage of Cardinal Antonio Barberini in Rome. In 1637 he settled in Rome in the cardinal’s service and became a tenor in the Papal Chapel, a position he held until his death. He also was engaged by Cardinal Mazarin in Paris in 1643; returned to Rome in 1645. In 1656 he became virtuoso di camera to Queen Christina of Sweden, who held her court in Rome at the time. Marazzoli was a prolific composer of choral music; about 375 of his cantatas and oratorios are extant. His name is also associated with that of Virgilio Mazzocchi; they collaborated on the first comic opera, Chi soffre, speri (Rome, Feb. 27, 1639), which was a revision of II facone (Rome, Feb. 12, 1637). His other operas include L’amore trionfante dello sdegno (also known as V’Armida; Ferrara, Feb. 1641), Gli amori di Giasone e d’Issifile (Venice, Feb. 22, 1642; not extant), Le pretensioni del Tebro e del Po (Ferrara, March 4, 1642), II capriccio or II giudizio della ragione fra la Belta e l’Affetto (Rome, 1643), Dal male il bene (Rome, Feb. 12, 1653; in collaboration with A. Abbatini), Le armi e gli amori (Rome, Feb. 20, 1656), and La vita humana, ovvero II trionfo della pietà (Rome, Jan. 31, 1656).
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—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire