Antonio Scandello

(1517 - 1580)

Italian composer. In the 1540s he worked at Bergamo and Trent, but in 1549 was called to the Electoral court of Saxony at Dresden, where he became vice-Kapellmeister in 1566 and full Kapellmeisterin 1568. He revisited Italy on many occasions, including during Dresden's plague year of 1567. His publications comprise German songs, both sacred and secular, and two books of Canzone Napoletane which were the first music to exclusively Italian texts to appear in Germany. His St John Passion(1561) exemplifies the mixed style of Historia in which only the Evangelist's part is set in chant, while his Osterliche Freude (1568) is an important prototype for Schütz's Easter Historia.

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