Francesco Barsanti


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(b Lucca, 1690; d London, late 1772). Italian flautist, oboist, and composer. After studying science at Padua University, in 1714 he travelled to London with Francesco Geminiani and played in the orchestra of the Italian Opera. By 1735 he was living in Edinburgh; he remained there until 1743, when he and his Scottish wife returned to London. During his time in Scotland he was the most accomplished composer to have lived there; his compositions include concerti grossi (which are unusual in their use of oboes, trumpets, and drums), some fine recorder sonatas, and arrangements of Scottish songs.

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Subjects: Music.

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