9th Biennial Conference on Baroque Music


Production of the early-Baroque sacred monody in the Venetian towns on the North-Eastern side of the Adriatic sea

Metoda Kokole

The geographical position of Koper and Piran, the major towns on the north-eastern coast of the Adriatic sea, in-between the cultural impulses coming from the centre of the Venetian Republic across the sea and the neighbouring Habsburg provinces in the mainland, fostered in the 17th century a highly developed cultural life. One of the outstanding personalities in the musical life of these towns in the second and third decades of that century was Gabriello Puliti (c. 15751641/44), a Franciscan monk and a prolific composer of 36 sacred and secular works including a variety of musical forms then in use. Puliti is documented from ca. 1609 to at least 1624 in Piran and Koper. His four collections of solo motets for soprano or tenor and basso continuo (three of them survived: Pungenti dardi spirituali, Lilia convallium and Sacri accenti), published in Venice between 1618 and 1620, show Puliti as a worthy early-Baroque master of sacred monody, one of the numerous Kleinmeister of small concertato motets, the form that was spreading at the time from Northern Italy to the Habsburg provinces. With his connections in Carniola and Styria, Gabriello Puliti might be considered also as one of the possible links in the transfer of the genre to the German-speaking lands in the early 17th century.

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