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The biography:
Born in Arezzo in 1623 Antonio Cesti started his musical career early performing as a cantor in the churches of his home town. At the tender age of fourteen he took the cassock entering the junior Franciscan monastery of S. Francis of Arezzo under the name of Brother Antonio (instead of Pietro as had been posited originally) and where his presence was documented until 1643. Information is scarce about his musical education: it may be that he had been a student under Carissimi and Abbatini in Rome, but no definite proof of his having lived in the capital exists. Transferred to the Franciscan monastery in Volterra he assumed the position of organist, of kappelmeister of the cathedral, of the music master of the seminary and at the same time that of organist of the church of The Holy Cross (S. Croce) in Florence. His friendships with the comedist, Ricciardi and Salvator Rosa, the painter, with whom he carried out a lengthy correspondence important for the re-construction of many details of Cesti’s life and the reception of his work, date from his time in Volterra. In the years 1649-50 he was in Pisa as a tenor in the cathedral choir, then at Florence and Lucca where he met France…

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Barsanti  Francesco
Boccherini  Luigi
Brunelli  Antonio
Brunetti  Giovanni Gualberto
Caccini  Francesca
Caccini  Giulio
Cambini  Giovanni Gioacchino Maria
Campion  Charles-Antoine
→ Cesti  Antonio
Cherubini  Luigi
Clari  Giovanni Carlo Maria
Della Ciaia  Bernardino Azzolino
Dôthel  Nicolas
Gasparini  Francesco
Geminiani  Francesco
Gherardeschi  Filippo Maria
Giuliani  Giovanni Francesco
Guami  Francesco
Guami  Gioseffo
Guglielmi  Pietro Alessandro
Lidarti  Christian Joseph
Manfredini  Francesco
Manfredini  Vincenzo
Melani  Alessandro
Nardini  Pietro
Rutini  Giovanni Marco
Veracini  Antonio
Veracini  Francesco Maria
Zipoli  Domenico
Tesori Musicali Toscani
I-56127, Pisa
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Antonio  Cesti

(Arezzo  1623 – Firenze  1669)

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The cantatas where there is no note to the contrary, were written for voice and bass continuo.
Item’s number 80
Facsimile Editions
TMT Editions
  Vocal music:
Orontea (G. A. Cicognini), Teatro SS. Apostoli, Venezia, 1649 [Innsbruck, 1656, con modifiche]
Alessandro vincitore di se stesso (F. Sbarra), Teatro SS. Apostoli, Venezia, 1651 [Lucca, 1654, con musiche anche di M. Bigongiari]
Il Cesare amante (D. Varotari), Teatro SS. Apostoli, Venezia, 1651
La Cleopatra (D. Varotari), Teatro del Serenissimo Arciduca, Innsbruck, 1654
L’Argia (G. F. Apolloni), Innsbruck, 1655
La Dori (G. F. Apolloni), Innsbruck, 1657
Venere cacciatrice (G. F. Apolloni), Innsbruck, 1659
La magnanimità di Alessandro (F. Sbarra), Innsbruck, 1662
Il Tito (N. Berengan), Teatro Grimani, Venezia, 1666
Nettuno e Flora festeggianti (F. Sbarra), Vienna, 1666
Le disgrazie d’amore (F. Sbarra), Vienna, 1667
La Semirami (G. A. Moniglia), Vienna, 1667 [Modena, 1674, col titolo La schiava fortunata]
Il pomo d’oro (F. Sbarra), Vienna, 1668
Azioni e feste teatrali 
La Germania esultante (F. Sbarra), balletto equestre, Vienna, 1667.
Cantate e serenate 
Alma sol vive
Alpi nevose
Amante gigante [3 vv.]
Amanti, io vi disfido
Bella Clori

Reference is made to the organisation of the works as is presented in The New Grove Dictionary of music and musicians, vol. iv, London, 1980, and in the Dizionario della musica e dei musicisti, Le Biografie”, vol. I, Torino, 1988.


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