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Next Meeting: 29th January 2018 – Room 2.46 – 3pm-5pm By Megan Leitch Detail of a miniature of St Margaret emerging from the dragon, from the Breviary of Queen Isabella of Castile, Netherlands (Bruges), c. 1497, British Library Add MS 18851, f. 406v They do not…
Characters like the restless Kenelm Digby (1603–1665) contributed to the exchange of knowledge within Early Modern Europe and it may well be that Durastanti and her circle of friends knew of this adventurer between cultures who was probably seen as a representive of England in continental Europe just before the 1685 generation was born. HENCE, […]
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Margherita Durastanti’s colleagues, in particular the castrato Gaetano Berenstadt, were collectors of old book in their time – I guess they conceived “old” to be medieval or older, but any way old book collecting nowadays can give as an insight into what was read in the early modern period. HENCE, I AM SHARING THIS INTERESTING […]
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Happy Women’s History Month! We have a few days left to celebrate the many ways that women contribute to our world. To celebrate, I’d like to offer you a free chapter about a remarkable Venetian woman: Giulia Lama. Her work is being rediscovered and appreciated anew in recent years. In fact,…
You are probably asking now: Who is Margherita Durastanti? Well, as I write my doctoral thesis on her, you will have to wait a while for a detailed answer of mine. Once the thesis is done, you will see her life unfold in stories and plays. In the meantime, let’s discover the intellectual world, in […]
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Most people who have read about Handel’s life know about his friendship with Scarlatti junior (as reported by Mainwearing) and also about the competition they are said to have had. When I started my play about Händel/Hendel/Handel (and Balatri) – see https://baroque35.wordpress.com/2016/08/20/play-about-handel-and-balatri/ – I have also included the following dialogue, which is a work in […]
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Margherita Durastanti: List of major vocal works (operas, serenades and oratorios) Part II 1720 – 1734 © Anita Sikora Following Durastanti’s operas in Italy and Dresden (https://baroque35.wordpress.com/2016/07/24/performances-by-la-durastante/) here is the list of her London years. The gap year 1720/1721 was obviously a spontaneous decision taken in Munich, Bavaria, when Durastanti was about to travel to […]
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© Anita Sikora Die wie folgt vorgestellte Handlung basiert auf Tatsachen (Zeiten und Orte), enthält aber natürlich überwiegend fiktionale Elemente, die aber plausibel erscheinen. Amalie Eberlin, Tochter des Komponisten Daniel Eberlin, war Hofdame/Kammerjungfer der Anna Maria von Sachsen-Weißenfels, und es ist wahrscheinlich, aber (noch) nicht erwiesen, dass sie diese Rolle schon um die Zeit um […]
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She is the mythical lady singer in John Mainwearing’s biography of George Frideric Handel (1760). However, she is not one lady, but two, as I show in my essay “The Deconstruction of a Myth” (you can access it here: https://baroque35.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/the-deconstruction-of-a-myth/). Much has been speculated about that Vittoria, who many associate with Vittoria Tarquini, called La […]
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