Claudia Sessa

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Claudia Sessa (c. 1570 – c. 1617/19) was an Italian composer and singer/instrumentalist. She was born into the (de) Sessa family, a patrician clan of the Milanese aristocracy. A nun at the convent of S. Maria Annunciata, she composed two sacred works published in 1613.[1] The dates of her birth and death are uncertain.[2] Gerolamo Borsieri wrote a long and glowing description of her (quoted in "Women Composers: Music Through the Ages"),[3] including that she sang and accompanied herself so well "that there was not a singer who could equal her" and that nobility in Parma and Mantua liked her singing more than "Claudio Monteverdi [or] any other musician in the recitative style..."[3]


  • Occhi io vissi di voi
  • Vatteme pur Lascivia

Her music has been recorded and issued on CD, including:

  • Rosa Mistica Cappella Artemisia/Lombardi/Smith, (2000) Tactus


  1. ^ "Claudia Sessa". Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  2. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  3. ^ a b Smith, Candace (1996). Schleifer, Martha Furman; Glickman, Sylvia (eds.). Women Composers: Music Through the Ages. New York: G.K. Hill. pp. 345–6.

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