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Stradella, Alessandro

Alessandro Stradella (älĕs-sän´drō strädĕl´lä), 1642?–1682, Italian composer of operas, cantatas, oratorios, and instrumental music. Few facts but many legends exist concerning his life; he is said to have been assassinated at the behest of a Venetian nobleman with whose mistress Stradella had eloped. His life is the subject of several operas, one by Friedrich von Flotow (1844). Stradella's music is generally lighthearted and melodious. He helped to develop the structural form and expressive power of the aria and to increase the use of contrapuntal techniques in opera. Handel was influenced by his oratorios and even borrowed some of his musical ideas.

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Stradella, Alessandro

Stradella, Alessandro (b Nepi, nr. Viterbo, 1639; d Genoa, 1682). It. composer. Taught singing in Venice and Rome. Page to Roman aristocrat 1653–60. From 1667 wrote oratorios, prologues, and intermezzi for operas in Rome. Went to Genoa 1677 where he became impresario and wrote 4 operas there. Was murdered, supposedly after involvement in adulterous affair. Flotow's opera Alessandro Stradella (Hamburg 1844) is a romanticized and inaccurate account of events leading to his death.

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Alessandro Stradella

Alessandro Stradella. Opera in 3 acts by Flotow to lib. by W. Friedrich [ F. W. Riese] after play Stradella (1837) by P. Dupont and P. A. P. Deforges. Comp. 1843. Prod. Hamburg 1844, London 1846, Hoboken, NJ, 1853, NY Met 1910.

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