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Benedetto Marcello
1686 - 1739
B. Marcello
Benedetto Marcello (02/08/1686 - 25/07/1739), an Italian composer, poet and diplomat, born in Venice. Benedetto Marcello was a member of a noble family and his compositions are frequently referred to as Patrizio Veneto. Although he was a music student of Antonio Lotti and Francesco Gasparini, his father wanted Benedetto to devote himself to law. Benedetto managed to combine a life in law and public service with one in music. In 1711 he was appointed member of the Council of Forty (in Venice's central government), and in 1730 he went to Pola as Provveditore (district governor). Due to his health having been "impaired by the climate" of Istria, Marcello retired after eight years to Brescia in the capacity of Camerlengo where he died of tuberculosis in 1739. Benedetto Marcello was the brother of Alessandro Marcello, also a notable composer. On 20 May 1728 Benedetto Marcello married his singing student Rosanna Scalfi in a secret ceremony. However, as a nobleman his marriage to a commoner was unlawful and after Marcello's death the marriage was declared null by the state. Rosanna was unable to inherit his estate, and filed suit in 1742 against Benedetto's brother Alessandro Marcello, seeking financial support.
Source:Theo Willemze, Componistenlexicon and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benedetto_Marcello
Requiem in the Venetian manner
Composed in:1730c
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass + insertions
Label(s):Chandos Records CHAN 0637
This Requiem SF. B660, called Requiem in the Venetian manner, 'Cantato secondo l'usanza Venetiana' contains:
* Introitus
01. Requiem aeternam
02. Kyrie I and II
03. Christe
04. Kyrie III
* Sequentia
05. Dies irae
06. Quantus tremor
07. Tuba mirum
08. Mors stupebit
09. Liber scriptus
10. Rex tremendae
11. Recordare
12. Qui Mariam
13. Preces meae
14. Inter oves
15. Confutatis
16. Ora supplex
17. Lacrymosa
18. Domine Jesu Christe
* Communio
19. Lux aeterna
20. Requiem aeternam

♫ 06. Quantus tremor
Chandos Records CHAN 0637
Source:booklet of cd Chandos Records CHAN 0637
This requiem is called "Cantato secondo l'usanza Venetiana" (Requiem 'in the Venetian Manner'). Requiem, SF. B660 "Cantato secondo l'usanza Venetiana". Marcello is one of many Venetian contemporaries of Vivaldi who has been all but obliterated by the latter's popularity in the 20th century. This requiem, dating from c.1728-33 and one of his last works, employs a multitude of stylistic and expressive forms ranging from the sumptuous contrapuntalism of its third "Kyrie" to the raging discords of the "Rex tremendae" to create a masterly and powerful whole.