Isabella Leonarda

(1620 - 1704)

Italian composer. She spent most of her long life as an Ursuline nun in the northern Italian city of Novara, between Milan and Turin. Her order was dedicated to the education of young women, and most of her twenty publications must have originated as works for the girls and sisters in her pedagogical care at her school named after the patroness saint of her order (the Collegio di S. Ursula). Her only collection of exclusively instrumental music, Sonate a 1, 2, 3, 4 istromenti op. decima sesta, was published at Bologna in 1693.

VE: The Sonata in Seventeenth Century Italy | VG: Sacred Music in the Seicento