Domenico Zipoli

Biography

Born: October 17, 1688   Died: January 2, 1726   Country: Italy  
Musicologists do not often get to tell of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European composers who traveled across the Atlantic to the New World and began their careers afresh in North or South America. Certainly there were many Europeans from all walks of life -- musicians included -- who for one reason or another moved to the Americas; but, frankly, virtually none of the composers who did so were any good at their craft, and so musicologists Read more do not tell of them. The composer Domenico Zipoli, who was born in Italy in 1688 and moved to Argentina with a Jesuit missionary in 1717, was a notable exception.

Born in the town of Prato, Zipoli moved around a great deal as a youth. First, supported by a grant from the local duke, he went to Florence for intensive training as an organist; then he was off to Naples to work under the famous Alessandro Scarlatti; and then, in 1709, he found himself taking lessons in Bologna. Finally, in 1710, Zipoli went to Rome to apply as a pupil of Bernardo Pasquini. He remained in Rome for six years, working as organist to Rome's Jesuit Church during his last two years in the city. He officially joined the Jesuit Order in 1716, and soon he was on a boat bound for South America.

Zipoli played organ at the cathedral in Córdoba, Argentina, until his death in 1726. In addition, he studied to become a priest, but died before he could attain that goal. At the time of his death, Zipoli was the most famous organist, and very possibly the most famous musician of any kind, in European-ruled South America.

Zipoli composed three oratorios before moving to the New World; all, however, are lost, save for the libretti. A sizeable volume of his keyboard music, issued in 1715, just months before he left Rome, has survived. About half of the clever, skillfully crafted pieces in it are for organ; the other half are for harpsichord. Representing Zipoli's South American career is a mass for soprano, alto, and tenor, and instrumental ensemble, that was often performed for many decades after his death. Read less
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    Christmas In The Vatican
    Label: Acanta/Pilz   Catalog: 233744 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina,  Melesio Morales,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Flavio Benedetti-Michelangeli
    Conductor:  Domenico Bartolucci,  Quinzio Petrocchi
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    Barocco Da Sud A Nord
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 580001 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Bernardo Pasquini,  Domenico Zipoli,  Georg Muffat  ... 
    Performer:  Francesco Cera
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    Historic Organs Of Malta And Gozo
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 1067 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Domenico Zipoli,  Padre Davide da Bergamo (  ... 
    Performer:  Michal Novenko
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    Chants Et Danses: Baroques De L'amazonie
    Label: K 617   Catalog: 617232 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Zipoli,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Anonymous
    Conductor:  Javier Torres Maldonado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moxos Ensemble
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    Noels A L'orgue / Rene Saorgin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2928199 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Zipoli,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  Various
    Performer:  René Saorgin
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    Mision: Barroco Amazonico
    Label: Columna Musica   Catalog: 269 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Domenico Zipoli
    Performer:  Florian Cousin,  Soledad Cardoso
    Conductor:  Javier Illan,  Pablo Gutierrez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sphera AntiQva
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    The Kingdoms Of Castille / Richard Savino, El Mundo
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92131 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Francesco Manelli,  Virgilio Mazzocchi,  José Marin  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Savino
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  El Mundo
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    Bach & Battiato
    Label: Nireo   Catalog: 40 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mattia Vento,  Franco Báttiáto,  Bernardo Pasquini,  Jean-Baptiste Lully  ... 
    Performer:  Francesco Libetta
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    Bamboo Organ / Douglas Lawrence
    Label: Move   Catalog: 3136 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Zipoli,  Johann Pachelbel,  Baldassare Galuppi,  Johann Gottfried Walther  ... 
    Performer:  Douglas Lawrence
    Conductor:  Bernhard Emmer
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    Baroque Music From Latin America - New World Symphonies
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 30030 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla,  Gaspar Fernandes,  Juan de Araujo  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra,  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir
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    Bartok: Baroque Transcriptions
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 128 Release Date: 10/05/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Azzolino Bernardino Della,  Domenico Zipoli,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Gottlieb Muffat  ... 
    Performer:  György Sándor
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    Salsa Baroque / Ensemble Caprice
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29957 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Santiago de Murcia,  Gaspar Fernandes,  Antonio de Salazar  ... 
    Conductor:  Matthias Maute
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice
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    Label: Kvg Recordings   Catalog: 5637668983 Release Date: 09/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Zipoli,  Diomedes Cato,  Antonio Soler
    Performer:  J.J. Bergan,  Jerry McPhail
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    Bolivian Baroque Vol 3 / Florilegium
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 28009 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Diego Cásseda,  Anonymous,  Jean-Christophe Frisch,  Domenico Zipoli  ... 
    Performer:  James Johnstone
    Conductor:  Ashley Solomon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arakaendar Bolivia,  Florilegium Ensemble
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    Viva Italia - Organ Music - Cavazzoni, Frescobaldi, Pergolesi
    Label: Azica   Catalog: 71255 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Domenico Zipoli,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Karel Paukert
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    Fiesta Andina - Orgues Historiques d'Andahuaylillas / Chapelet, Valadeau, Percca
    Label: K 617   Catalog: 617214 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Francisco Correa de Arauxo,  Pietro Philippi,  Domenico Zipoli  ... 
    Performer:  Juan Capistrano Percca,  Francis Chapelet,  Uriel Valadeau
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    I Fioretti Di S. Francesco / Fabbri, Foa
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 220001 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Zipoli,  Nicolas-Antoine Lebčgue
    Performer:  Giorgio Fabbri
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    Zipoli: Complete Keyboard Works / Claudio Brizi, Ensemble Salve Festa Dies
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 20082/83 Release Date: 05/06/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Zipoli
    Performer:  Claudio Brizi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salve Festa Dies Ensemble
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    Classic Fm Relax
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 739848 Release Date: 10/30/2007  
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Isabel Siewers,  Jian Wang,  Göran Söllscher,  Patrick Hawes  ... 
    Conductor:  William Boughton,  David Zinman,  Frank Perkins,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra,  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra,  Her Majesty's Royal Marines Band  ... 
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    Puer Nobis Nascitur - Christmas Carols
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72234 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Claude Daquin,  John Bull,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Jean-François Dandrieu  ... 
    Performer:  Ton Koopman
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    Organ Works By J.s. Bach, Muffat, Zipoli, Kerll & Froberger
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 542 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Muffat,  Johann Kaspar Kerll,  Domenico Zipoli,  Johann Jacob Froberger  ... 
    Performer:  Heidrun Hensel
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    Suddeutsche Orgelmeister Vol 3 / Heidrun Hensel
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 542 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Muffat,  Johann Jacob Froberger,  Domenico Zipoli  ... 
    Performer:  Heidrun Hensel
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    The Eastman Italian Baroque Organ / Davidsson, Higgs, Porter
    Label: Loft Recordings   Catalog: 1077 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Michelangelo Rossi,  Domenico Zipoli,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Davidsson,  David Higgs,  William Porter
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    Noel - A Music Feast
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49244 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  John Tavener,  Lajos Bárdos  ... 
    Performer:  J. Melvin Butler,  Vernon Nicodemus,  David Dahl,  Joan Lippincott  ... 
    Conductor:  Dale Warland,  Loren Ponten,  Doug Fullington,  Peter Hallock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dale Warland Singers,  Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble,  Tudor Choir  ... 
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    Baroque Music From Latin America 2 - Moon, Sun & All Things
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67524 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla,  Juan de Araujo,  Diego J. De Salazar  ... 
    Performer:  Grace Davidson,  William Towers,  Natalie Clifton-Griffith,  Christopher Watson  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir,  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra,  QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble
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