Giovanni Sebenico

  • Miloš M. Velimirović


According to existing documentation, Sebenico was born in Carbolo (i. e. Carbo-lone) in the territory of the Venetian Republic. However, considering the fact that artists at this time often took the name of their birth place, it is possible that the composer was a native of Šibenik (Sebenico) in Dalmatia, and that his family may have fled before the Turks to Italy, while he was still a child. Sebenico was probably a pupil of Legrenzi. In the year 1660 he became the »vice-maestro« of the cathedral in Cividale nel Friuli, and in 1663 was accepted as a tenor in the chapel of St. Mark's in Venice. From 1660 until 1673, Sebenico acted as chapel master and chorister at the English court in London. On the basis of newly discovered material we know that immediately upon his return to Italy in 1673 he took the post of maestro di cappella at the court of Savoy in Turin; in the same year his opera »L'Atlanta« was performed there. Of Sebenico's further activities as a composer we have no more information until the year 1689 when his opera »Leonida in Sparta« was given in Venice. In 1692 his opera »L'opresso solevato« was produced, also in Venice. In the same year, he left Turin and became maestro di cappella in the cathedral in Cividale nel Friuli where he remained until his death in 1705. The music of Sebenico's above-mentioned operas has apparently not survived, but we know that three of his church compositions are to be found in the archives of the cathedral of Cividale nel Friuli; their value is as yet not established. The fact, however, that Sebenico's compositions were never published would seem to indicate that he was a composer of only mediocre quality.


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VelimirovićM. M. (1965). Giovanni Sebenico. Musicological Annual, 1(1), 49-58.