Vittoria Aleotti

Born: c. 1575

Died: c. 1620

Birthplace: Ferrara, Italy

Vittoria Aleotti is believed to be the same as Raffaella Aleotti (ca. 1570 – after 1646) was an Italian Augustinian nun, a composer and organist. According to her father, Vittoria became interested in music after listening to her older sister being taught music. Within a year, Vittoria had mastered instruments, mainly the harpsichord, and voice so well that she was sent to train with Alessandro Milleville and Ercole Pasquini. At the age of 6 or 7, after working with Pasquini, it was suggested that Vittoria be sent to Ferrara’s San Vito, a convent famous for fostering musical talents. By the age of 14, Vittoria chose to enter the convent and dedicate her life to service.

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