Alba Trissina

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Santa Maria in Araceli, 80 km from Venice

Alba Trissina (fl. 1622) or Alba Tressina was an Italian composer and nun. She was a Carmelite at the monastery of Santa Maria in Araceli in Vicenza, and studied with Leone Leoni, who also preserved and published four of her works.[1][2][3] Leoni dedicated his Quarto Libro, 1622, to this pupil.[4]


Four motets for alto voice in Leoni's Sacri fiori: quarto libro de motettia are all of her compositions that survive.[5][6]

  • Vulnerasti cor meum A: her most noted work
  • Quaemadmodum A
  • In nomine Iesu AA
  • Anima mea AAT


  1. ^ L Johnson - 2009 Pain, Desire, and Unattainable Ecstasy in Alba Tressina's Vulnerasti Cor Meum "Little is known about the seventeenth-century musician and composer Alba Tressina, and even less is known about her musical career, since ..."
  2. ^ HOASM: Alba Tressina "Italian composer and Carmelite nun at the convent of Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Vicenza. Her only known works are found in a work by her teacher, Leone Leoni, ..."
  3. ^ Vulnerasti cor meum - Artemisia Editions "Alba Tressina: 4 Motets (1-3 voices) & motets (2-4 voices and violins) by Leone Leoni (CC-05a)."
  4. ^ Catalogo della Biblioteca del Liceo musicale de Bologna, Conservatorio di musica "G.B. Martini.", Gaetano Gaspari, Federico Parisini - 1890 (A tergo del frontispizio sta impressa la dedicatoria che segue): Alla Molto Illustre e molto Reverenda S. Alba Tressina Monacha in Araceli di Vicenza. Signora Osseruandissìma. Sgombra la Musica, quasi come de smisi Regina, i noiosi ...
  5. ^ Submitted by Julie Anne Sadie and Rhian Samuel (1994). The New Grove Dictionary of Women Composers. The Macmillan Press Limited. ISBN 0-333-51598-6.
  6. ^ Glickman, Sylvia; Schleifer, Martha Furman (2003). From convent to concert hall: a guide to women composers.