Antonio Lotti was born, lived and died in Venice, and at one time was organist of St. Mark's (as was Giovanni Gabrieli). He composed many religous works, as well as secular music and operas, although little of his output is now performed.
In musical settings of the Catholic mass, the Crucifixus is typically a setting of one sentence from the Nicene Creed: Crucifixus etiam pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato, passus et sepultus est. (and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried.) As one would expect, such movements are usually slow and sombre. Lotti's Crucifixus is part of a setting of the whole Nicene creed which is a central part of his "Missa Sancti Christophori".
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