Arcangelo Lori

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Aliases: Arcangelo del Leuto; Arcangelo del Liuto – Meaning, "Arcangelo of the Lute"


Bapt.: 2 Jan 1615

Died: 15 Jan 1679, Rome

Italian lutenist, organist and composer. He spent the whole of his known career in Rome, where he was a leading lutenist in the mid-17th century. He is first heard of, however, as an organist: it was he whom Luigi Rossi succeeded as organist of S Luigi dei Francesi on 1 April 1633. Lori maintained connections with this church, for, at least from 1649 to 1662 and again from 1665 until he was removed in 1667, he participated as a lutenist in the patronal festivals there (on 25 August).

A series of letters written by Lori in 1665 to the Venetian opera impresario Marco Faustini, and to Faustini’s friend Giovanni Antonio Leffio, reveal that the musician was active as a voice teacher, preparing a number of students for the operatic stage. His few surviving pieces show that he was a competent composer. Most are arias and cantatas for solo voice and continuo; one cantata, Dimmi, Amor (c.1645), whose source is now unknown, is published (in Les gloires de l’Italie, Paris, 1868, and, attributed to ‘Giovanni Francesco del Leuto’, in Arie antiche, Milan, 1890). There is also a motet, Venite, gentes, for soprano, violin, lute and continuo.

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