Maddalena Casulana
Updated: 12/10/2019
Maddalena Casulana
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The life of Maddalena Casulana.

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  • Maddalena Casulana was born in 1544 near Siena, Italy.
  • Maddalena loved to sing and play lute. She was very talented and loved to learn music and she had a passion for it.
  • Maddalena and Isabella de'Medici were close friends and Maddalena dedicated many of her songs to Isabella.
  • Maddalena performed a lot. It was not common for women to be anything more than just housewives so she faced a lot of disapproval. Despite that, she continued to pursue her passion.
  • Maddalena Casulana was the first woman in the history of western music to publish her own music. She was making a big impact on future female composers.
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  • Maddalena Casulana died in Italy 1590 from an unknown cause. She had changed music and was a role model for female composers to come.
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