Above: Antonio Lotti
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ANTONIO LOTTI (CIRCA 1667-JANUARY 5, 1740)
Roman Catholic Musician and Composer
Antonio Lotti, born at Venice circa 1667, was a great composer. He came from a musical family; his father, Matteo Lotti, was the kappelmeister at Hanover in 1667. Our saint’s wife, Santa Stella, sang soprano. Antonio began to sing alto at St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice, in 1687. Three years later he began to play the organ there. Lotti was away in Dresden from 1717 to 1719; then he returned to his home city. In 1736 he became the maestro cappella at St. Mark’s Basilica. Our saint composed both sacred and secular works–operas, oratorios, masses, madrigals, Crucifixus, and Miserere Mei. His great talent was evident in his compositions. Some of that talent led to the merely beautiful and ennobling. Other talent also glorified God in sacred masterpieces.
One might listen to Lotti’s Missa Sapientiae, for example, and understand that our saint combined deep faith and great skill as a composer, and that the beauty he shared with the world in his day continues to spread.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
NOVEMBER 12, 2016 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF SAINT JOSAPHAT, ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF POLOTSK, AND MARTYR
THE FEAST OF SAINT FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI, FOUNDER OF THE MISSIONARY SISTERS OF THE SACRED HEART
THE FEAST OF RAY PALMER, U.S. CONGREGATIONALIST MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER
THE FEAST OF WILLIAM ARTHUR DUNKERLEY, BRITISH NOVELIST, POET, AND HYMN WRITER
Eternal God, light of the world and Creator of all that is good and lovely:
We bless your name for inspiring Antonio Lotti and all those
who with music have filled us with desire and love for you;
through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Chronicles 29:14b-19
2 Corinthians 3:1-3
John 21:15-17, 24-25
–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 728