Antonio Tarsia: An Analysis of Style and Function in His Work


  • Ennio Stipčević



Antonio Tarsia's entire life (1643-1722) and work are bound up with his native Koper (Capodistria) and the municipal cathedral. He was active there as organist, "maestro di capella", as well as composer of exclusively vocal church music (masses, motets, psalms, antifonas), occasionally accompanied by small instrumental groups (vl 1, 2, bc). When writing in 1680 the two psalms, "Confitebor tibi Domine a 3", and "Beatus vir a 3", he was already a trained composer. In his style it is hard to trace any "evolution". His work is characterised by deliberate committment to the traditional formal clarity and by his non-acceptance of modern trends promoted in Northern Italy and the Venetian area of influence. Tarsia's "opus musicum" is his valuable contribution to the musical production in Koper at the turn of the 17th to the 18th century and this ranks him among the most interesting figures in Istrian baroque music. A. Tarsia, the "Kleinmeister", continues today to deserve our appreciation.


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1. 12. 1994




How to Cite

Stipčević, E. (1994). Antonio Tarsia: An Analysis of Style and Function in His Work. Musicological Annual, 30(1), 45-55.