Tenaglia, Antonio Francesco

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Tenaglia, Antonio Francesco

Tenaglia, Antonio Francesco, Italian keyboard player, lutenist, and composer; b. Florence, c. 1615; d. Rome, after 1661. He was in Rome by 1644 as a musician in the service of Donna Olimpia Aldobrandini, wife of Camillo Pamphili. That same year, he entered the service of Cardinal Antonio Barberini. Following a sojourn abroad (1648-54), he returned to Rome and was active as a keyboard player and lutenist. He composed the operas II giudizio de Paride (Rome, Carnival 1656) and Il Clearco (1661), but distinguished himself as a composer of cantatas.

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