(Submitted by Ross McKitrick, Vancouver <rmckitunixg.ubc.ca>)
Born on the Island of Burano in Venice and nicknamed "Il Buranello". His first opera was staged at age 16, and though it flopped it caught the attention of Lotti who took him on as a pupil. He worked most of his life in Venice except for invited stays at the Court of Catherine II in St Petersburgh and as an opera composer in London. Together with librettist Carlo Goldoni he wrote over 100 operas which were widely performed and very popular. His work in opera was devoted chiefly to the development of the buffa style. He was appointed choirmaster at the Incurabili and at St Mark’s, and he composed numerous sacred choral works including oratorios, motets, masses and settings of liturgical texts. His instrumental works consists of several dozen keyboard sonatas (which were influential in the development of the form), trios and concertos for various instruments, as well as a set of concerti grossi which for a long time were misattributed to Corelli. His music unfortunately went out of fashion soon after his death and is only slowly being rediscovered. Some recordings are available on the Claves and the Erato labels, as well as a recent recording of 2 motets on the Virgin Classics label by Il Seminario Musicale.
(contributed by Dany Yazbeck and Simona Gilardi <yazbecklogic.it>)
Galuppi’s complete concerti a quattro have been recorded under the Stradivarius label.
STR 33316 by Quartetto Aglaia 1993 (String Quartet). The recording has been reviewed very favourably by ‘Repertoire’ May 94 (France); ‘Musica viva’ May/June 94 (Italy); ‘Musica’ June 94 (Italy); ‘Amadeus’ March 94 (Italy).
It comprehends the complete Concerti a Quattro:
- Concerto in B Flat major
- Concerto in c minor
- Concerto in A major
- Concerto in D major
- Concerto in g minor
- Concerto in E flat major
- Concerto in G major
Divine Art will soon be issuing the first CD in a 10 CD series, containing the complete keyboard sonatas of GALUPPI. Divine Art CD 2-5007, to be issued in late September. http://members.aol.com/DivineArts/
- Italy, Isola di Burano, Piazza B. Galuppi, 24 — 18 Oct 1706