(b ?Fano, 1744; d Colmenar de Orejo, nr Madrid, 16 Dec. 1798). Italian composer. From about 1762 he was in Spain, in the service of Charles III and later of Charles IV, for whom he built up an extensive music library. His output of over 400 works includes 28 symphonies, six overtures, several marches, minuets, galops, church music, and a great deal of chamber music (sextets, quintets, quartets, trios, and violin sonatas). One of Brunetti's most interesting works is a ‘programme symphony’ (‘Il maniatico’, 1780) in which a cello is used to portray the hero's madness, rather in the manner of Richard Strauss's Don Quixote.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.