Cappella Marciana

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The Cappella Marciana is the modern name for the choir and instrumentalists of St Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy.


The masters of the cappella ducale in the 16th and 17th centuries included many of the most notable composers of the Italian baroque. In addition to providing music at the Basilica, the choir and instrumentalists of the cappella performed important functions in the Venetian calendar of feasts.[1]

Many of the works of the maestri di cappella are preserved in illuminated choir books[2] at the Archivio di Stato di Venezia (ASV), the Biblioteca del Civico Museo Correr and the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.[3]


Maestri di cappella[edit]

The list of maestri, musical directors, and organists includes:[4]

First Organists[edit]

The modern cappella[edit]

A boys choir was added 1890, disbanded 1960, and reformed 2006. In 2002, the Solisti della Cappella Marciana were formed as a concert giving orchestra. The current director from 2000 is Marco Gemmani, and organist from 2016 is Pierpaolo Turetta.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Fiona Kisby, Music and musicians in Renaissance cities and towns, page 36, 2001. "On many of the more important feasts in the Venetian calendar, the cappella marciana walked in the andata, so did the singers employed by some of the wealthier scuole, as their participation in the public ceremonial of the city became ..."
  2. ^ Camillo Boito, The Basilica of S. Mark in Venice, 1888. "At this time the choral and liturgical books of the basilica Marciana were written and excellently illuminated by the Brescian ... Commencing with the early years of the XIV century, and looking over the records of the Capella Marciana."
  3. ^ James H. Moore, Vespers at Saint Mark's: Music of Alessandro Grandi, Giovanni ..., Volume 2, 1981. "Moving out of the ASV altogether, we find two other Venetian libraries which hold important sources on the cappella marciana: the Biblioteca del Civico Museo Correr and the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana."
  4. ^ F. Caffi, Storia della musica sacra nella già Cappella ducale di San Marco in Venezia dal 1318 al 1797.

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