Spotlight on the Netherlands: Domenico Mazzochi (1592-1665)

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Program: #07-03   Air Date: Jan 08, 2006

On to Rome with musicologist Monique Zanetti's ensemble Le Paladins--born in a little town in the Roman suburbs, Mazzochi soon became a favorite of cardinals and popes.

We continue our long and fruitful association with our partners at Radio Netherlands in presenting a series of concerts from the 2006 Holland Festival of Early Music at Utrecht.

We will also direct listeners to their web site, which will provide more in-depth information about the music and performers we hear as well as more information about the festival (

For its 25th anniversary, the entire 2006 Festival was dedicated to the early Italian 17th century:

NOTE: All of the music on this program was performed by the ensemble Les Paladins, and is dedicated to the work of Domenico Mazzochi. As the program notes:

Mazzocchi was born in Civita Castellana, some 50 kilometers from Rome. Between 1614 and 1619, he studied law and theology, and was ordained as a priest before entering the service of Cardinal Ippolito Aldobrandini as his personal secretary. There, he probably met his teacher Giovanni Nanino. He wrote several pieces of music for the Cardinal, mainly for official occasions.

Soon, however, he would extend his range of clients. In 1626, he composed his now best-known opera La catena d'Adone for Aldobrandini's brother Giovanni...thanks to the close connection to Pope Innocent X, Mazzochi's career soared. Soon, the Barberinis noticed Mazzochi's talent as well. This family had become incredibly rich by scavenging Rome for hidden art treasures and their patronage mea

nt a lifelong pension for the then-45-year-old Mazzochi.
As a show of gratitude, Domenico dedicated his Poemica to Pope Urban VIII, and many other publications to his relatives.

This program features two of Mazzochi's collections: the Sacrae concertationes of 1664 and the Musiche sacre e morali of 1640. The first collection consists of seven Latin oratorios which were probably already written by 1630...the second offers a mixture of cantata and oratorio works written on texts by a number of famous Roman authors.

--Battaglia per espugnare Amore.

--Domine, ne in ira tua.

--Alla beatissima Vergine.

--Breve e la vita nostra.

--Surge propera, Amica mea.

--Dialogo della Cantica: Adjuro vos, filiae Jerusalem.

--La Maddalena riccore alle Lagrime.

--Contro gli allettamenti mondani.

--Fortuna, su'l volto un crine.

--Dovemo piangere La Passione di Nostro Signore.

--Vide, Domine, afflictionem nostram.

Composer Info

Domenico Mazzochi

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