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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 768 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CESTI, MARC' ANTONIO (162o ?–1669 ?), Italian musical composer, was born at Florence about 162o. He was a pupil of Carissimi, and after holding a post somewhere in Florence as maestro di cappella entered the papal chapel in 166o. In 1666 he became Vice-Kapellmeister at Vienna, and died at Venice in 1669. Cesti is known principally as a composer of operas, the most celebrated of which were La Dori (Venice, 1663) and II Pomo d' oro (Vienna, 1668). He was also a composer of chamber-cantatas, and his operas are notable for the pure and delicate style of their airs, more suited to the chamber than to the stage.
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