• Alessandro Melani (1639-1703) was one of the leading composers active in Rome in the 17th century, together with Pasquini and Alessandro Scarlatti. His brother Atto was a famous castrato and diplomat at the court of France’s Sun King, while his other brother Jacopo became a celebrated opera composer.
• Alessandro Melani’s Opus 3, the Concerti Spirituali, were written for the Grand Prince of Firenze Ferdinando de Medici. The vocal writing has a distinctive instrumental and “concertante” character, which was much in vogue in that time.
• The Italian ensemble “I Musici del Gran Principe” explores and performs music from the rich heritage of the Medici dynasty.
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