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Somis, Giovanni Battista (1686 - 1763), violinist, composer

Alberto Basso

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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(b Turin, 25 Dec 1686; d Turin, 14 Aug 1763). Italian violinist and composer. He came from a family of musicians: his father, Lorenzo Francesco (1662–1736), was a violinist and was once known by the nickname ‘l'Ardy’ (perhaps referring to some military exploit), which was passed on to his children. Somis's mother, Domenica Canavasso (1663–1706), was the sister of the violinist Paolo Canavasso, who founded a dynasty of musicians.

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Subjects: Music

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