Cristofaro Caresana Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    c. 1640
  • Died
  • Birthplace
    Venice, Italy

Cristofaro or Cristoforo Caresana was an Italian Baroque composer, organist and tenor. He was an early representative of the Neapolitan operatic school. Born in Venice, his precise birthday is not known. After studying under Pietro Andrea Ziani (uncle of Marc'Antonio Ziani) in Venice, he moved to Naples late in his teens, where he joined the theatre company of Febi Armonici which produced early examples of melodrama. Later, in 1667, he became an organist and singer in the Chapel Royal and director of the Neapolitan Conservatorio di Sant'Onofrio a Porta Capuana, one of the famed orphanage-music schools of Naples, until 1690. In 1699 he succeeded Francesco Provenzale as Master of the Treasury of San Gennaro. He wrote music for a number of other Neapolitan institutions until his death in Naples in 1709. Amongst others, the Spanish guitarist and composer Gaspar Sanz studied music theory under his tutelage. He is remembered for his cantatas, especially for the nativity season as well as instrumental interludes sometimes featuring spatially separated ensembles. His music continues to be played and recorded to the present day and stands as a testament to the quality of this Neapolitan baroque composer.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Cantata 'Il Narciso' Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Cantata 'La rosa' Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
La caccia del toro Cantata Choir and Instrument
La Giostra Cantata Choir and Instrument
La Lega Cantata Choir and Instrument
La Pace Cantata Choir and Instrument
La resa della piazza dell'immortalità Cantata Choir and Instrument
La strage degli innocenti Cantata Choir and Instrument
La Veglia Cantata Choir and Instrument
L'Adorazione dei magi Cantata Choir and Instrument
Lamentazione per il Venerdì Santo Lectio 2 1688 Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Roma sepolta nelle sue ruine Cantata Choir and Instrument
Si cerca la difinitione d'amore Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Tancredi sulla morte di Clorinda Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Di lucide stelle Chorale Choir and Instrument
La Tarantella Chorale Choir and Instrument
Le avventure di una fede Oratorio Voice(s) and Instruments
Ave maris stella 1688 Sacred Mass Choir
Beatus vir 1696 Sacred Mass Choir and Instrument
Dixit Dominus 1685 Sacred Mass Choir and Instrument