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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    Battaglie e Lamenti / Savall (w/2016 Archiv Catalog)
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 002496802 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Annibale Padovano,  Francesco Usper,  Bastian Chilese,  Giovanni Gabrieli  ... 
    Performer:  Graham Pushee,  Harry Van der Kamp,  Montserrat Figueras,  Jordi Savall  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespčrion XX
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    Archiv Produktion: Analogue Stereo Recordings (1959-1981)
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 002490502 Release Date: 05/20/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Pierre Vachon,  Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Stader,  Hedwig Bilgram,  Hertha Töpper,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  August Wenzinger,  Karl Ristenpart,  Robert Stehli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir,  Loewenguth String Quartet  ... 
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    Sacabuche!: 17th-century Italian Motets
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2712 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ercole Porta,  Gasparo Casati,  Carlo Filago,  Francesco Usper  ... 
    Performer:  Sumner Thompson,  Drew Minter,  Aaron Sheehan,  Nicholas Tamagna  ... 
    Conductor:  Linda Pearse
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sacabuche!
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    Monteverdi: Vespri Solenni per la festa di San Marco / Alessandrino, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30557 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Anonymous,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Francesco Usper  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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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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    Monteverdi: Mass Of Thanksgiving / Parrott, Taverner Choir
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49876 Release Date: 04/07/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Rovetta,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Girolamo Fantini,  Biagio Marini  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Cornwell,  Richard Wistreich
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Choir,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort
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