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Alessandro Marcello


Alessandro Marcello was an Italian nobleman, poet, philosopher, mathematician and musician.  He published his musical under the pseudonym Eterio Stinfalico.  He was a composer during the Baroque era and was remembered most for Adagio, his Oboe Concerto in D minor.  His greatest contributions to the history of music came through his role as a Venetian academician and for his membership in Venetian Arcadian society, the Accademia degli Animosi.
He was the son of a Venetian nobleman, very little is known about his early years but what is known comes from his lifestyle lived as a member of Venice's upper class.  He was the older brother of the more famous Benedetto Marcello, they both studied law and were members of the city council.
He was admitted to the Maggior Consiglio of the Republic in 1690 and had a long distinguished career and played an active role in the Venetian judiciary system.  He was educated at the Collegio di S. Antonio and after college he joined the Venetian Arcadian society in 1698.  He then served as the city diplomat in the Levant and the Peloponnese.  He held a series of judiciary positions and was also involved in many creative endeavors befitting a person of the aristocracy.  He briefly indulged in painting and drawing and was responsible for paintings found in the family palaces and church parishes after joining a literary society, the Accademia della Crusca.  He was also responsible for his religious painting for the ceiling of the Marcello parish church, S Marcuola.
He published eight books of couplets, Ozii giovanili in 1719.  He became known in many literary circles, seemingly to have been better known in Paris than in Venice  and in 1719 he was named head of the Florentine Accademia degli Animosi.  While there he helped expand their musical instruments collection.   Many of these same instruments still exist today held and displayed in the National Museum of Musical Instruments in Rome.
He was a contemporary of Antonio Vivaldi and he gave concerts at his hometown of Venice.   Being a nobleman, he played and wrote music for sheer pleasure alone.  He enjoyed a long career in Venetian government.  He died in Padua on June 19th 1747 and was buried at the family estate at Paviola.
Alessandro Marcello