Paul Hainlein in Venice - 8 December, 1647, at night

from Letter from Paul Hainlein to Friedrich Behaim, 13 December 1647, pages 572–573:

As regards music I heard some last Saturday in San Francesco [della Vigna] in or before Vespers, also on Sunday at Mass and then again at night, which began at 7 p.m.  This was performed on the Feast of the Conception of Our Lady [8 December] when a platform was set up.  The musicians on it consisted of 3 discant singers, 3 altos, 3 tenors and 3 basses in consort, also 4 violins, 2 viole da brazzo, 4 trombones, in ripieno 10 persons, 3 positives among which Signor Cavalli played.

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cite as

Denis Stevens, Letter from Paul Hainlein to Friedrich Behaim, 13 December 1647. In 'Monteverdiana 93' in Early Music, volume 21, No. 4 (November, 1993), p. 572–573. accessed: 23 June, 2024

location of experience: Venice


Paul Hainlein
Composer, Instrument maker, Organist

Listening to

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Psalms, hymn, magnificat, motets and sonatas
written by Giovanni Rovetta
performed by Included Francesco Cavalli a monk, and singers from Rome

Experience Information

Date/Time 8 December, 1647, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Paul Hainlein was visiting Venice to study music and language, and wrote frequently to his patron, Friedrich Behaim.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:17:58 +0000
Approved on Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:10:27 +0000