“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria

Marc Antonio Cesti

(1623 Arezzo – 1669 Florenz)

Marc Antonio Cesti Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2013
1. Marc Antonio Cesti Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  
Marc Antonio Cesti (1623 Arezzo – 1669 Florenz) Seit 1645 Kapellmeister am Dom zu Volterra, kam er 1652 als Hofkapellmeister an den Hof Erzherzog Ferdinand Karls. Ursprünglich nur als Komponist für Auftragswerke, übersiedelte er um 1654 nach Innsbruck und sollte Leiter eines geplanten Komödienhauses werden Er bekam vom Fürsten das Haus Pfarrgasse 5 geschenkt. Im Jahre 1665 wurde er Vizekapellmeister am Hof Leopolds I. in Wien, für dessen Hochzeit er die Prunkoper “Il pomo d’oro” komponierte. Neben einer Vielzahl von Kantaten komponierte er 15 Opern für Venedig, Innsbruck und Wien. Er galt als einer der grössten Komponisten seiner Zeit.

Plaque below the marker
Für die renovierung dieses hauses wurde die stadt Innsbruck im jahre 1984 mit dem Europa nostra diplom ausgezeichnet

German-English translation:

Marc Antonio Cesti (Arezzo 1623 - Florence 1669) Conductor at the Cathedral of Volterra from 1645, he then went in 1652 to assume the role of Kapellmeister at the court of Archduke Ferdinand Charles. Originally only a composer of commissioned works,
Marc Antonio Cesti Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2013
2. Marc Antonio Cesti Marker
This marker is on the Domplatz side of the building.
in about 1654 he moved to Innsbruck in order to become the leader of a planned playhouse. He was given the Prince's house on Pfarrgasse No. 5. In 1665 he became Vice-Kapellmeister at the court of Leopold I in Vienna, for which he composed the wedding ceremonial opera "The Golden Apple". Besides a large number of cantatas, he composed 15 operas for theaters in Venice, Innsbruck and Vienna. He was considered one of the greatest composers of his time.

Plaque below the marker
For the renovation of this house the City of Innsbruck was awarded the Europe Nostra diploma in 1984.

Erected by Stadt Innsbruck (City of Innsbruck).
Location. 47° 16.162′ N, 11° 23.612′ E. Marker is in Innsbruck, Tyrol. Marker is at the intersection of Pfarrgasse and Domplatz, on the left when traveling north on Pfarrgasse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Pfarrgasse 5, Innsbruck, Tyrol 6020, Austria.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. James Cathedral (a few steps from this marker); Innsbruck's First School (within shouting distance of this marker); Precht House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Teutonic Order House (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Golden Roof and New Courtyard (about 90 meters away); Jakob Hutter (about 90 meters away); Bederlunger House (about 90 meters away); Hölblinghaus (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Innsbruck.
Also see . . .  Antonio Cesti. Wikipedia article on Antonio Cesti. On the Golden Apple: "...Il pomo d'oro (The Golden Apple) was performed for the wedding of Emperor Leopold I. It was far more elaborate than contemporary Venetian operas, including a large orchestra, numerous choruses, and various mechanical devices used to stage things like gods descending from heaven (deus ex machina), naval battles, and storms..." (Submitted on September 5, 2013.) 
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