Domenico Zipoli



Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726) was an Italian composer and Jesuit missionary.

Life and Music

  • Zipoli was born in Naples but towards the end of his life he emigrated to Argentina. He became far more famous in South America than in his native Italy.
  • In 1709, he moved to Naples to study with Scarlatti, but they quarrelled and so he moved on to Bologna and then Rome.
  • Zipoli joined the Society of Jesus in 1716, and he sailed to Argentina with 53 other prospective Jesuit missionaries in 1717.
  • Zipoli's music was much in demand for use in the Jesuits' missionary work in South America.
  • Elevazione is one of Zipoli's most famous works.

Did you know?

In the 1970s, around 20 previously unknown works by Zipoli turned up in Bolivia; he must have composed them while serving as a Jesuit missionary in Paraguay.


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