Barbara Stozi - Composer: 1619-1677
Barbara Strozzi, born in Venice, was the adopted daughter of poet Giulio Strozzi and was most probably his natural daughter. She had the good fortune to be born into a world of creativity, intellectual ferment, and artistic freedom. She made her mark as a composer and a singer, eventually publishing eight collections of songs having more music in print during her lifetime than even the most famous composers of her day. She achieved this without the support of the Church or the patronage of a noble house. She is sometimes credited with the genesis of an entire musical genre, the cantata, and certainly published no fewer than six volumes of cantatas. Her works were included in important collections of song which found their way to the rest of Europe and England.
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