Julije Bajamonti

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Alias: Giulio Bajamonti


Born: 4 August 1744, Split

Died: 12 November 1800, Split

Biography Julije Bajamonti was the most versatile and fertile Croatian composer of the time (230 compositions, some of them fragmentary). He wrote an article "Il medico e la musica" ("The physician and music"), an essay on musical therapy already in 1796, one of the first in history, in which he showed that music has therapeutic strength.

Bajamonti composed sacred music for verses in Latin, Italian, and Croatian: for example La passione de Gesu Cristo (cantata to words of Pietro Metastasio), Requiem (composed on the occasion of death of Rugjer Boskovic, commissioned by the Dubrovnik Senat in 1787), Spiritual songs to Croatian verses. In 1767 he composed an oratorio which according to Lovro Zupanovic, represents the most beautiful work of its time in Croatia. He also wrote the first Croatian oratory (La translation di San Diomo), one of the highest achievements of Croatian 18th century music.

He studied medicine in Parma and obtained his Ph.D. 1773 in Padova. Between 1785 and 1790 practised in Hvar, on the island of the same name, where he was also the organist at the cathedral. In 1789 he moved to Split where he again performed the duties of cathedral organist. Of about 140 surviving works, over 120 are church music. Italian operatic style exercised a strong influence on his sacred works.

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List of choral works

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  • Passio nella domenica delle Palme for choir and strings (1768. Split)
  • La traslazione di San Doimo, Componimento drammatico ossia oratorio for sopran, choir and orchestra (1770. Split)
  • Passio del Venerdi Santo for choir and strings (1782. Split)
  • Requiem per le solenni essequie decretate dal Senato di Ragusa a suffragio dell’anima dell’imortale ab. Boschovich (1787. Dubrovnik)
  • 54 motets: one of them is Coelo tonante for bariton and strings
  • 17 masses: 4 2v (G, G, B, c), 11 3v (3 G, 2 F, 2 B, Es, a, c), 2 4v (A, B)
  • 8 Tantum ergo
  • 2 Stabat Mater
  • 3 Te Deum
  • Magnificat

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