Leonora Duarte

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Leonora Duarte (1610 – 1678?) was a Flemish composer and musician, born in Antwerp. She belonged to a wealthy Portuguese-Jewish family. They were marrano, meaning they outwardly acted as Catholics while secretly maintaining their Jewish faith and practices. She was baptized on 28 July 1610.

The Duarte home was a center for music-making and had contact with many important families in the Low Countries and England. Duarte wrote for viol consort. Her surviving compositions include seven fantasies for a consort of five viols.[1]


  1. ^ Rasch, Rudolph A. "Leonora Duarte", Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy (accessed September 14, 2006), grovemusic.com (subscription access)

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