queen Kristina

Queen Kristina's way to Rome


1632, only six years old, Kristina succeeded to the swedish throne.

She abdicated 1654 and left the throne to her cousin. And now starts her long trip through Europe to Rome where she will live the rest of her life encouraging musicians and poets and intellectuals to continue their work. In august 1654 Kristina came to Antwerpen and went on to Brussels where she on Christmas eve converted secretly to Catholicism. She then continued south via Innsbruck and Bologna and in december 1655 she entered Rome, welcomed by the pope.


We here present music that the Queen Kristina might have heard on her journey.





Thomas Baltzar (c. 1631-1663) - Prelude and Divisions on John come kiss me now (no. 12 and 13 from

The Division Violin, the third edition, London 1688)


Benjamin Rogers (1614-1698) - Suit in D (source: S-Uu/Imhs. 5:13a)


Gioseffo Zamponi (1600-10 - 1662) - Sonata in G (source: GB-DRc/MS.D5/1-3)

Aria from Ulisse all'isola di Circe (source: Bc 24.295)


Johan Kaspar Kerll (1627-1693) - Passagalia in d




William Young (?-1662) - Prelude and Divisions on Von Gott will ich nicht lassen (source: GB-DRc/


Sonata in C (Source: GB-DRc/MS.D2/1-3)


Giovanni Legrenzi (1626-1690) - La Foscari (Sonate a due, e tre op.2, Venice 1655)

Maurizio Cazzati (1616-1678) - Ah, ah Rider mi Face (Arie e cantate a voce sola op.11, Venice 1649)


Giovanni Legrenzi (1626-1690) - La Colloreta (Sonate a due, e tre op.2, Venice 1655)


Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725) - Appena chiudo gl'occhi (Il sogno)(Source: I-Nc/Cantate 277)