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Francesco Usper (Composer)

Born: 1st November 1561, Rovinj, Croatia

Died: 24th February 1641, Venice, Italy

Nationality: Italian

Francesco Usper (real name Spongia or Sponga) was an Italian composer and organist born in Rovigno, Istria (now Rovinj, Croatia). He settled in Venice before 1586 and is associated with the confraternity St. Giovanni Evangelista, Venice. He spent most of his life there, serving as organist, chaplain, manager of the adjoining church (the S. Salvador) and administrative officer. Usper studied under Andrea Gabrieli and apparently became a fairly well known composer; he collaborated in the writing of a Requiem mass (now lost) with Giovanni Battista Grillo and Claudio Monteverdi for the Grand Duke Cosimo II, and he served as substitute organist at St.

Further Reading: Usper

 Interview, Bojan Čičić on Adriatic Voyage

The Croatian violinist talks to Katherine about his Presto Award-winning recording of 'Seventeenth-Century Music from Venice to Dalmatia', released on Delphian last summer and featuring music by composers including Francesco and Gabriele Usper, Ivan Lukačić and Tomaso Cecchino.

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