Domenico Zipoli Revisited

Issue 1906

23 May 2019

Until 50 years ago, the name of Domenico Zipoli (Prato, 1688 – Córdoba, 1726) was associated with an Elevation and a Pastorale often found in organ anthologies, some Suites for harpsichord and a handful of biographical notes that were often largely incorrect.[1] Now, however, this musician from the Italian city of Prato is considered the most renowned among Jesuit musicians and the main artist among the composers of the Reducciones in Paraguay. We have an abundance of information on his life and his musical scores thanks to a recent monograph that places him in his context and recognizes his spirituality and his liturgical and pastoral intentions.

From music to religious ideals

Sergio Militello, who teaches the theology of Music at the Gregorian University in Rome, presents Zipoli to us in a precise chronological order, which we will follow closely for the sake of the reader.[2] His synthesis obtained a foreword from Pope Francis, who, among other things, writes: “It is the portrait of a young missionary who, through the gift of music cultivated with passion and enthusiasm, achieved a wonderful work of evangelization that is still remembered today.”[3]

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