Female Catholic Composers

Religious History and Composition

Though many of her pieces have been lost, several of Caterina Assandra's pieces are still present today. Her stringent Catholicism is evident by her life in the convent and her propensity towards writing sacred music. In particular, her volume of motets are noteworthy.

Caterina's style drew from her teacher, Re, and the influence of local composer Agazzari. Her motets are often written for two sopranos, alto, bass, and continuo; however the similarities between the bass and continuo parts enables them to be performed without male singers, as it would have been in her convent. She composed both traditional and innovative pieces for a variety of settings, and was well-known for her strong abilities as an organist.1 5‚Äč

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