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BALDASSARE GALUPPI  

(1706 - 1785)

Known as ‘Il Buranello’, after Burano, his place of birth, Baldassare Galuppi played a leading part in the development of opera buffa, although his name may now be more familiar to readers of Robert Browning’s poem A Toccata of Galuppi’s, an elegy for the vanished heyday of Venice. A pupil of Antonio Lotti, Galuppi worked first in Florence before returning to Venice, where, in 1740, he was appointed maestro di musica at the Ospedale dei Mendicanti. He established a lasting reputation in England, where he spent two years, from 1741 to 1743, writing operas for the King’s Theatre, Haymarket. In Venice he was involved in the adaptation of Neapolitan opera buffa for Venetian audiences and then, in collaboration with Goldoni, writing a successful series of comic operas, while also contributing opere serie for performance in various theatres. In 1748 he was appointed vicemaestro of the Doge’s Chapel and in 1762 reached the height of his profession in Venice as maestro di cappella at St Mark’s. From 1765 to 1768 he was in Russia, in the service of Catherine the Great, and on his return to Venice was appointed also maestro di coro at the Ospedale dei Incurabili. In later years he turned from opera to keyboard compositions and sacred works, the latter notably a series of oratorios for the Incurabili

Operas and Occasional Works

Galuppi won particular success with his opera Il filosofo di campagna (‘The Country Philosopher’), with a libretto by Goldoni, a work that was widely staged. He had considerable success with a large number of other stage works, opere buffe and opere serie, the latter showing increasing awareness of the operatic reforms taking place. Galuppi also wrote dramatic cantatas and other occasional works, to celebrate events in the life of Venice. His aria Alla tromba della Fama (‘To the trumpet of Fame’) may have formed part of an opera or a dramatic cantata.

Church Music

Galuppi’s sacred music includes Mass settings, and, unusually, unaccompanied vocal settings for the Russian Orthodox Church. His appointments at the Mendicanti and then at the Incurabili, two of the four famous institutions for the care of illegitimate or orphaned children, brought a series of oratorios.

Keyboard Music

Galuppi wrote a quantity of harpsichord music, token of his reputation as one of the foremost performers of his time.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ALBINONI / VIVALDI / GALUPPI / TARTINI: Flute Concertos Dynamic
CDS100
Concertos
ALBINONI, T.G.: Flute Concerto, Op. 9, No. 6 / PERGOLESI, G.B.: Concerto for Flute and 2 Violins in G Major (Trevisani) Delos
DE3332
Concertos
BAROQUE TRUMPET (THE ART OF THE), Vol. 5 Naxos
8.555099
Vocal
Dialogue for Two Organs Naxos
8.557131
Instrumental
GALUPPI, B.: 25 Manuscript Sonatas for Harpsichord (Gregoletto) Newton Classics
NC8802112
Instrumental
GALUPPI, B.: 6 Trio Sonatas (Accademia Vivaldiana di Venezia) Newton Classics
NC8802121
Chamber Music
GALUPPI, B.: 6 Trio Sonatas (University of Uppsala Collection) (Accademia dei Solinghi) Dynamic
CDS694
Chamber Music
GALUPPI, B.: Concertos a 4 Nos. 1-7 (L'Offerta Musicale, Parravicini) Tactus
TC700701
Concertos
GALUPPI, B.: Keyboard Sonatas, Illy Nos. 36-41 (Martella) Tactus
TC700702
Instrumental
GALUPPI, B.: Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 1 (Napoli) Naxos
8.572263
Instrumental
GALUPPI, B.: Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 2 (Napoli) Naxos
8.572490
Instrumental
GALUPPI, B.: Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 3 (Napoli) Naxos
8.572672
Instrumental
GALUPPI: Concerto a 4, Nos. 1-7 Dynamic
CDS519
Concertos
GALUPPI: Harpsichord Concertos (Complete) Dynamic
CDS215
Concertos
LAUDATE DOMINUM - Sacred Music from San Marco Newton Classics
NC8802129
Vocal Ensemble
MICHELANGELI PLAYS BEETHOVEN (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0939D
Classical Concert
MICHELANGELI, Arturo Benedetti: Early Recordings, Vol. 1 (1939-1948) Naxos Historical
8.111351
Instrumental
Organ Music - PESCETTI, G. / GALUPPI, B. / PAGANELLI, G. / CERVELLINI, G. / VALERI, G. (Historic Organ Series, Vol. 4) (Marcon) Divox
CDX-79703
Instrumental
PIANO LEGENDS - Michelangeli / Argerich / Brendel (5 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1153BD
Classical Concert
Piano Recital: Wu, Ya Li - GALUPPI, B. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / CHOPIN, F. / LISZT, F. Naxos
9.70188
Instrumental
RENAISSANCE OF VENETIAN BAROQUE (THE) Newton Classics
NC8802192
Chamber Music
WOMEN AT THE PIANO - AN ANTHOLOGY OF HISTORIC PERFORMANCES, Vol. 5 (1923-1955) Naxos Historical
8.111219
Instrumental
Role: Arranger 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
Red Army Choir: Moscow Nights Marco Polo
8.223615
Choral - Secular




 
 
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