Francesco Usper

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Born: before 1570   Died: 1641  
Usper probably settled in Venice before 1586 when he was a student of Gabrieli. The major constituents of his orchestration, strings and trombones, betray his tendencies towards his teacher's influence. His name was originally Sponga but he changed it in dedication to an official in his confraternity, an organization which he served throughout his life. Usper also served a number of churches in Venice including St. Salvatore and St. Mark's. At Read more the former he was the organist and the latter an assistant to Grillo. He composed some of the earliest ensemble canzones in Venice with one sinfonia including passages for recorder and chittarone played against the ritornello of the strings. Usper had a keen sense of textual expression in his vocal compositions and instrumental structures. Read less
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    Mielczewski: Virgo Prudentissima / Meyer, Les Traversees Baroques
    Label: K 617   Catalog: 617226 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcin Mielczewski,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Tarquinio Merula,  Francesco Usper  ... 
    Conductor:  Etienne Meyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Traversées Baroques
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    Monteverdi: Sacred Music / Parrott, Taverner Consort
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66965 Release Date: 09/22/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Francesco Usper,  Biagio Marini,  Anonymous  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort
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    Italian Music For Cornets And Trombones / Concerto Palatino
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 30058 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Ascanio Trombetti,  Francesco Usper,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino
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    A Festive Baroque Christmas / Goodwin, Academy Of Ancient Music
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 3957202 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Francesco Usper,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Matthias Weckmann
    Performer:  Simon Davies,  Tom Phillips,  Charles Pott,  Julian Clarkson  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus
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    Monteverdi: Mass Of Thanksgiving, Venetian Vespers / Parrott
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54886 Release Date: 10/30/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Francesco Usper,  Biagio Marini,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Rogers Covey-Crump,  David Thomas,  Joseph Cornwell  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
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