Johann Friedrich’s other agent: Abate Michele Colomera (1605?–1676) and music recruiting in Rome
..Michele Colomera (1605?–1676) was a native of Taranto in the Spanish-ruled kingdom of Naples. Very little information survives about him and most biographical details stem from a posthumous publication of his predications. The compiler of the volume, father Giovanni Battista di S. Gioseppe, gives an account of Colomera’s life where we learn that his parents were Girolomo Colomera and Giovanna San Marco, and that his father’s family originated in Spain (town of Ontinyent, province of Valencia). According to the same account, Colomera died on 28 December 1676 at the age of 71. This would place his date of birth at about 1605. The death date is corroborated by a let ter of 26 December 1676 which announces his near death state, and a further letter of 1 January 1677 stating that he had died on Monday 28 December.Colomera served as a priest in both Venice and Rome but spent the latter part of his life as rector of the seminary of the Congregatio de Propaganda Fide. This was Vatican’s senior institution for missionary work and its seminary provided a training ground for young missionaries before they were sent abroad. At the time of Colomera’s tenure the Propaganda Fide was ran by Antonio Barberini and, following his death in 1671, Paluzzo Paluzzi Altieri (nipote of the then reigning pope, Clement X). The secretary at the time was Federico Baldeschi Colonna (1625–1691) and the vice dean, Francesco Maria Brancacci (1592–1675). All of these figures appear frequently in the correspondence...
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