Milano, 1686 – Torino 1732

Andrea Stefano Fiorè

Born in Milan in 1686, Andrea Stefano (or Steffano)was taught the first rudiments of the art of music by his father Angelo Maria and continued his studies first under the priest, Giorgio Boni, then later with Giovanni Paolo Colonna, and finally (between 1703 and 1705) in Rome with Arcangelo Corelli. He was an enfant prodige, at the young age of 21 he became the “musico di corte” in the Savoy court of Vittorio Amedeo II, duke of Savoy and prince of Piedmont, a title he would keep until his death in 1732.
Fiorè’s musical interests extended beyond the sacred music he wrote for the royal Chapel, encompassing all types and forms of music including the period’s most popular: vocal chamber music and vocal music for the theater which obliged the composer to divide his time between Turin and Milan, often collaborating with other composers. His works number more than twenty; among the most significant Engelberta, performed in the Regio Ducal Teatro in Milan on June 21st, 1708 should be mentioned. It was thanks to the success of his operatic works and his activity as maestro di cappella, Fiorè earned the admiration of some of his contemporaries among them the famous flautist and theoretician Johann Joachim Quantz, whom he met during his trip to Turin in 1726, and Benedetto Marcello, who in his ‘Salmi’ (Venice, 1726) published a letter of admiration for the ‘true science of music in all its parts’, ‘the admirable mastery’ and the ‘enormous talent’ that Andrea Stefano had shown throughout his working life.

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