Giovanni Antonio Rigatti is a name that until recent times was virtually unknown to music history. Born in Venice in 1613, he has been overshadowed by his more famous contemporaries, especially the chapel master of St. Mark’s cathedral, Claudio Monteverdi, under whom Rigatti sang as a boy and possibly studied composition. Rigatti eventually left St. Mark’s to pursue a career as organist, choirmaster, composer and singing teacher.
In 1634 he published his first book of motets and his… read more
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