DUETS BY VIRTUOSO ITALIAN EMIGRANTS AT THE END OF THE 18TH CENTURY VIRTUOSO EMIGRANTS BETWEEN REVOLUTION AND EMPIRE DUETTI CONCERTANTI AT THE END OF 18TH CENTURY AMONG STILE GALANTE AND CLASSICISM
The Duos presented in this program were all composed by Italian “virtuosi” considered among the best violinists and violists of the second half of the 18th Century, who became famous and pursued their brilliant careers far away from Italy.
During the last decades of the 1700s, small Italian courts (with a few exceptions like Torino, Milano and Parma) were facing a slow but inexorable political and cultural decline; even Vivaldi's once famous orchestra of the “Ospedale della Pietà” in Venezia was disbanded in 1786, foreshadowing the subsequent fall of the ancient Republic.
It is not surprising that many of the best Italian musicians (Boccherini, Cherubini, Spontini, Viotti, Dragonetti to name but a few) were attracted by the two leading musical capitals of the time: Paris and London. Both of these cities offered a vibrant public and private musical life, with several Opera and Concert Series, and a fourishing market for published music.
"ITALIANS IN PARIS "
"Conversation between Violin and Viola"
"STILE CONCERTANTE IN VIENNA"
VIRTUOSO EMIGRANTS BETWEEN REVOLUTION AND EMPIRE
DUETTI CONCERTANTI AT THE END OF 18TH CENTURY AMONG STILE GALANTE AND CLASSICISM