Vincenzo Albrici

Composer

1631 – 1696

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Who was Vincenzo Albrici?

Vincenzo Albrici was an Italian composer, brother of Bartolomeo and nephew of Fabio and Alessandro Costantini.

Albrici was born as the son of singer who settled from Marche in Rome. In 1641 he became a student at the Collegium Germanicum et Hungaricum under Giacomo Carissimi. In 1647 he was paid as an organist in the Santa Maria in Vallicella. In 1652 he was invited by Alessandro Cecconi and started to work for Queen Christina of Sweden together with his brother, who joined the boys' choir. His father, an alto, sang the Lord's Prayer in Swedish when the Queen abdicated in June 1654. Albrici stayed in Stockholm when Karl X Gustav became king.

Then Albrici became joint vice-kapellmeister with Giovanni Andrea Bontempi under Heinrich Sch├╝tz in Dresden. Vincenzo's brother Bartolomeo Albrici, took up the position of organist.

Vincenzo and his sister Leonora, also a singer, went to England and became part of the King's Italian Musicke. Bartolomeo joined them in 1666 and remained in England when Vincenzo returned to Dresden. In 1681 he gained the post of organist at the Thomaskirche, a position which required conversion to Protestantism. After a few months already he moved to the Augustine church of St. Thomas, in Mala Strana, Prague for the rest of his life.

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Born
Jun 26, 1631
Rome
Also known as
  • Albrici, Vincenzo
Died
1696
Prague

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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