Friday 28 November 2014

Ferdinando de' Medici, 1663–1713 (Italian patron of the arts and music)

* Ferdinando de' Medici, Grand Prince of Tuscany, is remembered today primarily as a patron of music.

An excellent musician himself (sometimes called "the Orpheus of princes"), he attracted top musicians (like the Baroque composers Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti) to Florence and thus made it an important musical centre. Moreover, through his patronage of Bartolomeo Cristofori, Ferdinando made possible the invention of the piano in 1700. All this courtesy of Neptune unaspected on his MC.


BIRTH DATA: 9 August 1663 NS, 21:58 (9:58) LMT (-0:45), Florence, Italy (43n46, 11e15). ASC: 1 Taurus. RR: B (from biography, although medical records are indicated). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from "Medicina & storia, Volumes 3-4" (Edizioni Polistampa, 2003), p. 28: "Alle '9 hore e 58 minuti' della sera, Margherita Luisa d'Orléans aveva infatti partorito 'un bel Principino', al quale era stato dato il nome del nonno Ferdinando." Translation: At "9:58" in the evening, Marguerite Louise d'Orléans had indeed given birth to "a nice young Prince", who was given the name of his grandfather Ferdinand.

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