Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music

Sirens on the Danube: Giulia Masotti and Women Singers at the Imperial Court
Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music (2011) Vol. 17, No. 1

Vincenza Giulia Masotti was one of the finest singers of her time, “the most superb woman in the world,” as the singer Nicola Coresi described her in 1665. Her voice, wrote one eloquent admirer, was “infused by nectar purified in ...

The Power of the Prima Donna: Giulia Masotti’s Repertory of Choice
Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music (2011) Vol. 17, No. 1

Singers were fundamental agents in the circulation of opera scores, arias, and librettos during the seventeenth century. Crucial connections between the court, the commercial theater, and in some cases the chapel and other religious institutions, they deftly navigated the fluid ...

Giulia Masotti, Venice, and the Rise of the Prima Donna
Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music (2011) Vol. 17, No. 1

Among opera singers active in Venice during the 1660s and early 1670s, none surpassed the reputation and acclaim of Vincenza Giulia Masotti. “Discovered” by Venetian nobleman and impresario Vettor Grimani Calergi, she soon became the object of bidding wars, and ...

Letters from the Road: Giulia Masotti and Cardinal Sigismondo Chigi
Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music (2011) Vol. 17, No. 1

Sigismondo, one of the least-known members of the Chigi clan, is still a cipher in the landscape of Roman Seicento artistic patronage. He was born in Siena on August 19, 1649, the product of a union between two venerable Sienese ...


The Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music (JSCM) is published by the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music to provide a refereed forum for scholarly studies of the musical cultures of the seventeenth century. These include historical and archival studies, performance practice, music theory, aesthetics, dance and theater. JSCM also publishes critical reviews and summary listings of recently published books, scores, recordings, and electronic media.

Publisher Society for Seventeenth-Century Music
Country United States of America
ISSN (Print) 1089-747X
Year started 1995
Indexed 4 articles
Licence Open Access