Antonio Maria Abbatini

Antonio Maria Abbatini (c. 1609 or 1610 – c. 1677 or 1679)[1][2] was an Italian composer, active mainly in Rome.[3]

Abbatini was born in Città di Castello.[2] He served as maestro di cappella at the Basilica of St. John Lateran from 1626 to 1628; at the cathedral in Orvieto in 1633; and at Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome between 1640 and 1646, 1649 to 1657, and 1672 to 1677.[4] He composed church music, and published three books of Masses, four of Psalms, various 24-part Antiphons (1630, 1638, 1677), five books of Motets (1635), and a dramatic cantata, Il Pianto di Rodomonte (1633). He also worked with Athanasius Kircher on the Musurgia Universalis.

In addition, he produced three operas: Dal male il bene (Rome, 1654; in collaboration with Marco Marazzoli), which was one of the earliest comic operas, and historically important as it introduced the final ensemble; Ione (Vienna, 1666); and La comica del cielo, also called La Baltasara (Rome, 1668).

Antonio Cesti was among his pupils.[4]


  1. ^ Nicolas Slonimsky (ed.). Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. Vol. 1. Schirmer Books. p. 3. ISBN 0-02-865526-5.
  2. ^ a b Randel, Don Michael, ed. (1996). "Antonio Maria Abbatini". The Harvard biographical dictionary of music. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press. p. 1. ISBN 0-674-37299-9.
  3. ^ Michael Walsh, ed. (2001). Dictionary of Christian Biography. Continuum. p. 1. ISBN 0826452639.
  4. ^ a b Garvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Abatini, Antonio Maria, 1999



  • This article or an earlier version incorporates text from the 3rd edition (1919) of Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, a publication now in the public domain.

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