Orazio Benevoli, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Orazio Benevoli

Italian composer

Date of Birth: 19-Apr-1605

Place of Birth: Rome, Lazio, Italy

Date of Death: 17-Jun-1672

Profession: composer, choir director

Zodiac Sign: Aries

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About Orazio Benevoli

  • Orazio Benevolo or Benevoli (19 April 1605 – 17 June 1672), was a Franco-Italian composer of large scaled polychoral sacred choral works (e.g., one work featured forty-eight vocal and instrumental lines). He was born in Rome, to a French baker and confectioner, Robert Venouot, which name was Italianized to Benevolo.
  • Benevolo was a choirboy at San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome (1617–23).
  • Later, he assumed posts as maestro di cappella at Santa Maria in Trastevere (from 1624); then, at Santo Spirito in Sassia (from 1630); and, eventually, at his old church, San Luigi dei Francesi (from 1638).
  • Benevolo served as Kapellmeister in the court of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria from 1644 to 1646.
  • In 1646, Benevoli returned to Rome, where he was choirmaster at Santa Maria Maggiore and at the Cappella Giulia of St.
  • Peter's Basilica.
  • He was made Guardiano of the Vatican's Congregazione di Santa Cecilia in the years: 1654, 1665 and 1667.
  • He died in Rome. His pupils included: Ercole Bernabei, Antimo Liberati and Paolo Lorenzani.
  • See: List of music students by teacher: A to B#Orazio Benevoli. He composed Masses, motets, Magnificats, and other sacred vocal works.
  • Much of Benevolo's fame as a composer has rested largely on his supposed composition of the fifty-three part Missa Salisburgensis, which musicologists believed was first performed by Benevolo in Salzburg Cathedral in 1628.
  • Nevertheless, external and internal evidence have demonstrated that the Mass is in fact the work of composer Heinrich Ignaz Biber.

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