Rosa Badalla

(1660 - ca. 1715)

Italian composer. Probably entered the famous religious house S. Radegonda of Milan from the neighboring Venetian city of Bergamo around 1678. Her Mottetti a voce sola (Venice 1684) was her only publication, and its appearance at a time when the monastery was still under a formal interdict of polyphony (for musical 'transgressions' a generation before) shows the power and renown of S. Radegonda's nuns. It is a collection of motets for solo voice and continuo that testifies to the century-long musical fame of her religious house and her own often surprising compositional imagination

VG: Sacred Music in the Seicento