Personalities | Baldassare Galuppi | Classical Era | Classical

(Bal-das-sa’-ra Ga-loop’-pe) 1706–85
Italian composer

Galuppi had great influence on the development of opera buffa. Most of his career was spent in his native Venice, apart from spells in London in the 1740s and St Petersburg in the 1760s. He was maestro di cappella at the famous St Mark’s basilica and worked at the girls’ orphanage-conservatories. His music is largely notable for its fluent, elegant melody and its fresh, lucid style. Most of his comic operas are to librettos by the Venetian dramatist Carlo Goldoni; together these men created a method known as the ‘chain finale’, in which successive sections in different rhythm, tempo and texture, responding to the dramatic situation, convey the flux of emotions portrayed.

Recommended Recording:
Il filosofo di campagna, soloists, Intermusica Ensemble (cond) Franco Piva (Bongiovanni)

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