Baldassare Galuppi


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(b Island of Burano, nr. Venice, 1706; d Venice, 1785).

It. composer. From 1728 comp. several operas for It. ths. Visited London 1741–3, with considerable operatic success at King's Th., Haymarket. Ass. choirmaster of St Mark's, Venice, 1748, choirmaster 1762. Visited St Petersburg 1766–8. His 112 operas incl. Adriano in Siria (1740); Didone abbandonata (1741); Scipione in Cartagine (1742); Il filosofo di campagna (1752); Il re pastore (1762); and Ifigenia in Tauride (1768). Also wrote oratorios, church mus., hpd. sonatas. Browning's poem A Toccata of Galuppi's refers to an imaginary comp.

Subjects: Music.

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