Giovanni Banci

(fl. 17th C.)

Italian composer. What little is known of Banci is found on the title page of this work: he originated from Argenta (near Ferrara) and evidently worked at one time in Bologna. Banci set three separate Litanies for the Blessed Virgin, a popular Marian prayer setting of the time, with an invocation and response structure. He dedicated his Primo Libro de Sacri Concerti a Due, Tre, Quatro, e Cinque Voci (Venice, 1619) to Donna Anna Maria Merlini, a nun and singer at the convent of San Michele in San Giovanni in Persiceto (twelve miles from Bologna).

A Partial Giovanni Banci Discography |  VG: Sacred Music in the Seicento