Murder in the Cathedral? Stradella, Musical Power, and Performing the Past in 1830s Paris

  title={Murder in the Cathedral? Stradella, Musical Power, and Performing the Past in 1830s Paris},
  author={Sarah Hibberd},
  journal={Music and Letters},
  pages={551 - 579}
  • S. Hibberd
  • Published 1 November 2006
  • Art, History
  • Music and Letters
Romantic fascination with the seventeenth-century composer Alessandro Stradella began in Paris with the performance of a now notorious 'air d'église' at one of François-Joseph Fétis's innovative concerts historiques in 1833. The combination of romantic adventure and musical power embodied by the Stradella legend—in which the beauty of his singing dissuades two assassins from murdering him—was subsequently explored in a short story by Jules Janin for the Revue et Gazette musicale in 1836, and in… 
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