Domenico Zipoli


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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  • 26.
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 682603 Release Date: 03/02/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Zipoli
    Performer:  Bettina Hoffmann,  Elena Cecchi Fedi,  Luigi Cozzolino
    Conductor:  Alfonso Fedi
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    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 690001 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Tarquinio Merula,  Bernardo Pasquini,  Domenico Zipoli  ... 
    Performer:  Francesco Tasini,  Lia Serafini
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  • 28.
    Baroque Music From Latin America 1- New World Symphonies
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67380 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla,  Anonymous,  Juan Garcia de Zéspedes,  Domenico Zipoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra
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    Alle Registers Open / Beekman
    Label: Zefir Records   Catalog: 9605 Release Date: 06/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Kellner,  Willem Lootens,  Pieter Bustijn,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  ... 
    Performer:  Bram Beekman
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    Elevazione - The Magic Of The Oboe / Gordon Hunt
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 5017 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Domenico Zipoli,  Alessandro Marcello,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Gordon Hunt,  Leslie Pearson
    Conductor:  Gordon Hunt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
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    Baroque Music - The Arp Schnitger Organ Chapel / Ennulat
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20067 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Nicolaus Bruhns  ... 
    Performer:  Egbert Ennulat
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  • 32.
    Percorsi Della Music Italiana Dal '500 Al '700
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 950001 Release Date: 08/19/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana  ... 
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    Old Swedish Organs Played By Engsö, Jacobson And Fagius
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 123/125 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Gottfried Walther,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Christian Ritter,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Rune Engsö,  Hans Fagius,  Lena Jacobson
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  • 34.
    Zipoli: Harpsichord Works / Sergio Vartolo
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 682602 Release Date: 11/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Zipoli
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  • 35.
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 16598 Release Date: 03/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Traditional,  Domenico Zipoli,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Frigyes Hidas,  Imre Kovács,  Gábor Lehotka
    Conductor:  László Csányi
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    Bartók: Piano Transcriptions / Ilona Prunyi
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 223663 Release Date: 11/29/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michelangelo Rossi,  Azzolino Bernardino Della,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Domenico Zipoli  ... 
    Performer:  Ilona Prunyi
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  • 37.
    The Pachelbel Canon and other Baroque Melodies / Paillard
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 65468 Release Date: 07/01/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Domenico Zipoli  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Luc Ramecourt,  Pierre Pierlot,  Gérard Jarry,  Christian Larde  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra
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    Virtuoso Duets / Christopher Parkening, David Brandon
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49406 Release Date: 09/17/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Déodat de Sévérac,  Gabriel Fauré,  Anonymous,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  David Brandon,  Christopher Parkening
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