Baldassare Galuppi

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... read moreFor four decades, the operas of Italian composer Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785) played a dominant role in the theatrical life of Italy and greater Europe. After an opera Galuppi composed at age 16 failed, he spent three years studying with Antonio Lotti. Afterward, Galuppi's success in opera was...

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Piano Sonata #5 In C - 1. Andante
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Piano Sonata #5 In C - 3. Allegro Assai
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Piano Sonata #5 In C - 2. Allegro
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Spirituoso E Staccato
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Galuppi: Presto In B Flat
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Country Of origin: Italy

Galuppi was the most influential figure in the development of opera buffa with an extensive range of musical comprehension and aptitude. He was able to incorporate innovations of newer styles during his advancing years. A student of Lotti, Galuppi learned to play the violin, harpsichord, and organ. He was a choirmaster at St. Mark's, composed several operas, comic and serious, lived and wrote in London at the invitation of the Earl of Middlesex to promote opera, and was invited to St. Petersburg by the Empress Catherine II. Galuppi was internationally famous and as a composer of opera buffa was not expected to compose a work on a large scale. This occurred with "Il filosofo di campagna," and it was quite successful. His music was pleasing, pleasant, professional, intellectuallu cogent, and popularly approachable. Diatonic modes dominate the scores in both major and minor scales. In his use of the orchestra, dominance was given to the strings particularly in the upper registers. Woodwinds were employed to accentuate particular passages and professional musicians were directed by him to achieve great skill. St. Mark'; s became one of the most respected orchestras in all of Europe under his direction. Various forms (AABAA, ABA, ABCAB, AA'BAA') were presented in Galuppi's compositions. The corpus of his musical literature included 112 operas ("Dorinda," "Issipile," "Ifigenia in Tauride," and "La serva per amore"), oratorios and sonatas for the harpsichord. ~ Keith Johnson~ Rovi