Francesco Saverio Geminiani was an Italian violinist, composer, and music theorist. Contents. 1 Life; 2 Works; 3 Criticism; 4 References; 5 External links. Concerto Grosso “La Follia”. Score. Series: Schott. Publisher: Schott. Score. Composer: Francesco Geminiani. Arranger: Francesco Geminiani. 2 solo violins . Geminiani arranged all twelve sonatas as concerti grossi between and Geminani’s arrangement of ‘La Follia’ produced a virtuosic and brilliant set of.

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Geminiani’s best-known compositions are three sets of concerti grossi ; his Opus 2Opus 3 and Opus 7 there are 42 concerti in all which introduce the viola as a member of the concertino group of soloists, making them essentially concerti for string quartet.

Some of the additions are in a French style which would probably have been foreign to the composer in In Geminiani played his violin concerti foolia the court of George Iwith Handel at the keyboard.

Both Handel and Geminiani shared the need to return to their early works.

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Occasionally, as at the opening of the solo sonata Op 1 No 3, the later version is simpler. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent feminiani or update your Flash plugin. Inon one of his sojourns in Dublina servant robbed him of a musical manuscript on which he had bestowed much time and labour.

The instructions in this treatise are famously opposed to those expressed by Leopold Mozart in his Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing on several issues, including on bow hold, use of vibratoand the so-called “rule of the down-bow”, which states that the first beat of every bar must be played with a down-stroke.


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Geminiani’s compositions are noted for their imagination, expression, and warmth, but also for their lack of discipline and for under-development. Wikisource has original works written by or about: Originally issued on CDA Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. The solo sonatas, however, are more varied in pattern and the composer seems to have tried to link each into an uninterrupted whole with short adagio links between movements.

Hawkins fasst dessen Eigenschaften wie folgt zusammen: Au temps de Geminiani, les Concerti Grossi, op.

Francesco Geminiani

Subsequently, he arranged the sonatas as trio sonatas, and also issued parts for ripieno violins and bass so that they could be played as concertos. The rules of transition from one key to another, which are laid down by those who have written on the composition of music, he not only disregarded, but objected to as an unnecessary restraint on the powers of invention. After a brief return to Lucca, inhe set off for London in the company fpllia Francesco Barsantiwhere he arrived with the reputation of a virtuoso violinist, and soon attracted attention and patrons, including William Capel, 3rd Earl of Essexwho remained a consistent patron.

Retrieved 2 April G to J Francesco Geminiani. The career of a virtuoso soloist and composer was more suited to his temperament.

This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat His melodies were to the last degree elegant, his modulation original and multifarious, and in their general cast his compositions were tender and pathetic; and it is to the want of an active and teeming imagination that we are to attribute the publication of his works in various forms. He appears to have been a first-rate violinist. Some of it is detailed, and it is not clear whether Geminiani is trying to make explicit the manner in which the earlier versions might have been performed, or whether he is indicating a change of taste over the quarter-century between the editions.


From he took the place of his father in the Cappella Palatina of Lucca. This does not, as used to be thought, enable the concertino group to function without a harpsichord—the cello part is still figured and this recording properly uses two keyboard instruments—but it gives a fuller texture.

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. Charles Burney took Geminiani to task for irregular melodic structure.

In the mids he became a freemason in London, notably as a leading member of the short-lived lodge Philo-Musicae et Architecturae Societas —27 at the Queen’s Head tavern on Fleet Street. Born at Luccahe received lessons in music from Alessandro Scarlattiand studied the violin under Carlo Ambrogio Lonati in Milan and afterwards under Arcangelo Corelli. It is observable upon the works of Geminiani, that his modulations are not only original, but that his harmonies consist of such combinations as were never introduced into music till his time.

Hawkins fasst dessen Eigenschaften wie folgt zusammen:. Hawkins sums up his qualities as follows: That set is dedicated to the Academy of Ancient Musick. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Francesco Geminiani. He arrived in London in and spent most of his life there, though he travelled on several occasions to the Netherlands, Paris and Dublin, where he died in