Catherine of Braganza (2)

The more I read about Catherine of Braganza the more interesting she becomes: normally treated as dreary and uninteresting besides Charles’s many mistresses, as well as boringly pious, she brought her own Portuguese singer with her and employed Giovanni Sebenico, a Croatian composer, as Master of the Italian music of her chapel at St. James’s. When he left London in 1673, he was replaced by Giovanni Battista Draghi, who continued to work for her until her return to Portugal in 1692. These Italians apparently influenced Purcell, whose first trio sonatas were published as ‘a just imitation of the most Italian masters’. So, we owe her more than just tea and marmalade.

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2 thoughts on “Catherine of Braganza (2)

  1. Isn’t it remarkable how composers are forgotten more easily than painters and sculptors ? I love Purcell but had never heard of Draghi, let alone heard any of his music. And Civilisations continues to sideline music.

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