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Giovanni Paolo Cima

Biography

Born: 1570; Milan, Italy   Died: 1630; Milan, Italy  
Giovanni Paolo Cima was among the most important Italian instrumental composers from the early-17th century and is generally recognized as foremost among the Milanese contingent. His 1610 collection, Concerti ecclesiastici, contains works that are among the earliest surviving prototypes of solo sonatas and trio sonatas.



Cima appears to have lived his entire life in Milan and its vicinity, though he likely traveled to Rome and
Read more Venice, and perhaps to other major Italian cities. Born around 1570, probably into favorable circumstances, he undoubtedly received good education and must have developed a remarkable talent as a keyboard player that had become widely recognized during teens or at least by his adult years. Indeed, he was appointed to the prestigious post of organist at San Maria presso San Celso Church in 1595, when he was about twenty-five years old.



He twice held the position of maestro di cappella there, first from 1607 to 1611, and then from 1614 until his death in 1630. While during both these incumbencies he was never officially installed in the post, he was in all but name the maestro di cappella, performing all duties associated with that title.



Cima was fairly active as a composer throughout his career: his first collection of works appeared in 1599 and contained motets for four voices. A second publication followed in 1606, this one including ricercars and canzonas. The aforementioned Concerti ecclesiastici, probably his most important effort, contained a mixture of instrumental and sacred vocal works. He produced other compositions that were scattered about in various publications from 1598 to 1626. Among the more significant of these were the vocal works that appeared in Angleria's important collection from 1622, Regola del contrapunto.



While Cima remained active as a composer at least until 1626, his work at San Maria continued right up to his passing from the horrendous 1630 plague that spread the dreaded ?black death' throughout Milan and Italy. Read less
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    Perla Barocca: Early Italian Masterpieces
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 36014 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Fontana,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Marco Uccellini,  Dario Castello  ... 
    Performer:  Organ] Marcin [Harpsichord Swiatkiewicz,  Rachel Podger,  Daniele Caminiti
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    So Far, So Close
    Label: Passacaille   Catalog: 999 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dario Castello,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Francesco Rognoni,  Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Incoerente Duo
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    Viaggio Musicale: Italian Music Of The Seventeenth Century
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 642198 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tarquinio Merula,  Giovanni Battista Spadi,  Dario Castello,  Giovanni Battista Riccio  ... 
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    Cantate Deo - A Voce Sola, In Dialogo / Beasley, Morini
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 535 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bonifazio Graziani,  Alessandro Grandi,  Ignazio Donati,  Biagio Marini  ... 
    Performer:  Guido Morini,  Marco Beasley
    Conductor:  Guido Morini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accordone
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    Frans Bruggen Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 65836 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Barsanti,  Francesco Maria Veracini  ... 
    Performer:  Frans Brüggen,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Anner Bylsma,  Alda Stuurop  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brüggen-Consort
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  • 6.
    The Trio Sonata In 17th-century Italy / London Baroque
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1795 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Paolo Cima,  Francesco Turini,  Giovanni Buonamente,  Dario Castello  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    Trombone Grande / Wim Becu, Oltremontano
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24263 Release Date: 06/19/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Martino Cesare,  Gioseffo Guami,  Mikolaj Zielenski,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  Wim Becu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oltremontano
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    Vergine Bella - Madrigalo Da Sonar
    Label: Aeolus   Catalog: 10146 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina,  Bartolemé de Selma y Salaverde,  Giovanni Bassano,  Vincenzo Ruffo  ... 
    Performer:  Arianna Savall,  Marcello Gatti,  Ildikó Kertész,  Thomas Kugler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Desiderio
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    Stile Moderno: New Music From The Seventeenth Century
    Label: Acis Productions   Catalog: 72546 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dario Castello,  Giovanni Battista Fontana,  Giovanni Paolo Cima,  Tarquinio Merula  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quicksilver (Classical)
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    Chamber Vespers - Miniature Masterpieces Of The Italian Baroque / Wilkinson,  Gonzaga Band
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 0782 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adriano Banchieri,  Maurizio Cazzati,  Giovanni Paolo Cima,  Archangelo Crotti  ... 
    Performer:  Clare Wilkinson,  Robert Glenton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gonzaga Band
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    Venice To Versailles
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 3260 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Bassano,  Giovanni Kapsberger,  Dario Castello,  Giovanni Paolo Cima  ... 
    Performer:  Greg Dikmans,  Simon Martyn-Ellis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elysium Ensemble
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    Il Giardino Armonico
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 632642 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Dario Castello,  Ottavio Dantone,  Giovanni Battista Spadi  ... 
    Performer:  Ottavio Dantone,  Enrico Onofri,  Luca Pianca
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico,  Innsbruck Trumpet Consort
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    Violino O Cornetto / Theresa Caudle, Canzona
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6134 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Paolo Cima,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Giovanni Fontana,  Dario Castello  ... 
    Performer:  Mark Caudle,  David Miller,  Theresa Caudle,  Alastair Ross
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canzona
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    Con Chitarrone / Leupold Trio
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72369 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Dario Castello,  Gregory Howet,  Domenico Gabrielli  ... 
    Performer:  Eva Stegeman,  Soren Leupold,  Wouter Mijnders
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leupold Trio
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    Ludovico Balbi: Psalm Ad Vesperas Canendi Per Annum, Vol. 2
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 540202 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Giovanni Paolo Cima,  Ludovico Balbi
    Performer:  Stefano Lorenzetti
    Conductor:  Fabrizio Da Ros
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Daphne Ensemble
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    Dulcet Tones
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 950 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bernardo Pasquini,  Giovanni Paolo Cima,  Johann Pachelbel,  Gottfried August Homilius  ... 
    Performer:  Jack Mitchener
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    Nightmare In Venice / Red Priest
    Label: Red Priest Recordings   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Henry Purcell,  Jean-Marie Leclair,  Giovanni Paolo Cima  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Red Priest
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    La Voce Nel Violino - Cima, Uccelini, Fontana, Et Al / Imaginarium
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 71102 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Giovanni Bassano  ... 
    Performer:  Enrico Onofri
    Conductor:  Enrico Onofri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Imaginarium
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    Ponte In Valtellina - A Renaissance Organ / Zehnder, Et Al
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 13441 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Fogliano,  Marco Antonio Cavazzoni,  Girolamo Cavazzoni,  Paul Hofhaimer  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Claude Zehnder
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  • 20.
    17th Century Italian Music - Cima, Et Al / Ensemble L'albera
    Label: La Ma De Guido   Catalog: 2075 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Stefani,  Giovanni Paolo Cima,  Marco da Gagliano,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
    Performer:  Carles Budo,  Enrike Solinis,  Fahmi Alqhai,  Salvador Parron i Conus  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble L'Albera
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    Echo - Monteverdi - A Voce Sola Con Sinfonie / Rasi, Et Al
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 11015 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Biagio Marini,  Giovanni Picchi,  Giovanni Battista Grillo  ... 
    Performer:  Roberta Invernizzi,  Luca Guglielmi
    Conductor:  Alberto Rasi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Instrumental Academy
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  • 22.
    La Sfondrata - Italian Early Baroque / Hoffman, Et Al
    Label: Aeolus   Catalog: 10016 Release Date: 07/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Corbetta,  Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi,  B. Selma y Salaverde,  Giovanni Kapsberger  ... 
    Performer:  Thorsten Bleich,  Claudia Hoffmann,  Matthias Müller-Mohr
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  • 23.
    Early Italian Chamber Music / Laurin, Suzuki
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1335 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dario Castello,  Giovanni Battista Fontana,  Bartolomeo Montalbano,  Giovanni Paolo Cima  ... 
    Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki,  Dan Laurin
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  • 24.
    Harmonia Caelestis / Charivari Agreable
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 49 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlo Farina,  Kah-Ming Ng,  Giovanni Palestrina,  Giovanni Picchi  ... 
    Performer:  Kah-Ming Ng,  Lynda Sayce,  Oliver Webber,  Jamie Savan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
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    Ambronay Vol 4 - Amours, Zéphyrs, Et Sirènes / La Turbulente
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 8884 Release Date: 01/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bellerofonte Castaldi,  Orlando de Lassus,  Giovanni Buonamente,  Giovanni Paolo Cima  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Monteilhet,  Susi Möhlmeier,  Mirella Giardelli,  Claire Giardelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Turbulente
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