Aquilino Coppini

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Aquilino Coppini (died 1629) was an Italian musician and lyricist. While in the service of Cardinal Federico Borromeo, he specialized in creating sacred contrafacta of secular madrigals. His contrafacta are of interest for their concentration on Monteverdi's madrigals (especially the third, fourth and fifth books) and for the form in which he treats the poetic text. Instead of simply replacing the original text with a liturgical one, he would make careful translations which reproduce the phonemes, accents and rhythms of the secular text.


  • Musica tolta da i madrigali di Claudio Monteverde, e d'altri autori … e fatta spirituale, a cinque, et sei voci, Milan, 1607
  • Il secondo libro della musica di Claudio Monteverde, e d'altri autori à 5, Milan, 1608 (lost)
  • Il terzo libro della musica di Claudio Monteverde … fatta spirituale da Aquilino Coppini, Milan, 1609

External links[edit]

Free scores on lyrics by Aquilino Coppini in the Choral Public Domain Library (ChoralWiki)