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Cesare del Giudice
1607 - 1680
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C. del Giudice
Cesare del Giudice [de Judice] (28/01/1607 - 13/09/1680), an Italian composer and high placed government official in Palermo. Of noble birth, he was descended through his father from the Usodimare family of Genoa and through his mother from the Opezinga family of Palermo. He graduated in jurisprudence on 28 January 1632. Mongitore, who included long, detailed articles on him and on almost every member of his family, stated that ‘he excelled in music … and especially in the composition of pathetic songs, as can be seen in a large manuscript volume filled with his compositions which is preserved by his children’. This is lost, like all his other known music: a youthful Missa pro mortuis, which appears to have been chosen in 1666 for the first anniversary of the death of Philip IV of Spain and Sicily and was still performed in the churches of Palermo at the beginning of the 18th century, and two publications, Madrigali concertati a 2, 3 e 4 voci, da cantarsi col cembalo, e altre canzonette alla napolitana e alla romana per la chitarra spagnola (Messina, 1628) and Mottetti e madrigali (Palermo, 1635).
Composed in:1666
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
In memory of:king Phillip IV
This requiem is written in memory of Philip IV (08/04/1605 – 17/09/1665). He was King of Spain between 1621 and 1665, sovereign of the Spanish Netherlands, and King of Portugal (as Philip III, Portuguese: 'Filipe III') until 1640. Philip is remembered for his patronage of the arts, including such artists as Diego Velázquez, and his rule over Spain during the challenging period of the Thirty Years War (1618-48). On the eve of his death in 1665, the Spanish empire had reached its territorial zenith spanning almost 3 billion acres, but in other respects was already in decline, a process for which Philip's inability to achieve successful domestic and military reform is felt to have contributed.
Philip IV