Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello, 1690-1758


Note: Image of Brescianello is not authenticated

Selected Recordings

Concerto for violin, oboe, strings & b.c. in G minor

Overture for 2 violins, viola, 2 oboes

Sinfonia No.5 in F major

Selected Sheet Music

Violin Concerto in C major

Showcase PIece

Chaconne for 2 violins, 2 violas & b.c.

Notes and Commentary

Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello was an Italian Baroque composer and violinist. His name is mentioned for the first time in a document from 1715 in which Maximilian II Emanuel appointed him violinist in his court orchestra in Munich. Soon after, in 1716, after the death of Johann Christoph Pez, he was appointed music director and maître des concerts de la chambre at the Württemberg court in Stuttgart. In 1717, he was appointed Hofkapellmeister. Around 1718, he composed the pastorale opera La Tisbe, which he dedicated to the Archduke Eberhard Ludwig. In 1737, the Württemberg court had financial problems which led to the dissolution of the opera staff and Brescianello lost his position. He dedicated himself increasingly to composition and this resulted in his 12 concerti e sinphonie op. 1 and some time later the 18 pieces for gallichone (gallichone here means mandora, a type of lute). In 1744, the financial problems at the court diminished and he was reappointed as Oberkapellmeister by Karl Eugen, Duke of Württemberg, “because of his special knowledge of music and excellent skills.” He led the court and opera music until his pension in the period between 1751 and 1755.—Excerpted from Wikipedia

Books and Music

Selected Books
Concerti a Tre for Two Violins and Bass (Cello), Vol. 3
Belwin Mills Publishing, 1980
$15.00 on Amazon


Music at German Courts, 1715-1760: Changing Artistic Priorities
Boydell Press, 2011
Samantha Owen, Barbara Reul, Janice Stockigt (eds.)
$72.79 on Amazon


“This book is to be highly recommended: it will make a valuable and indispensable addition to the libraries of both scholars of eighteenth-century music and those from other disciplines who want to expand their knowledge of the role of music . . . in the self-fashioning and sustenance of European monarchic structures. “—Notes

“This book is one of the most important contributions to our understanding of the context of the music most familiar to musicians and concert-goers today. (…) The editors have gathered an expert team; their own contributions are paradigms of accessibility. I commend this important book to every serious musician’s book shelf.”—Stringendo


Selected Music

Brescianello2 Partitas of Giuseppi Antonio Brescianello (1995), 1 CD

Bescianello3 Concerti, Sinfonie, Overture (2004), 1 CD

Brescianello4 Sonatas for Gallichone (2011), 1 CD

More Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello music

Complete Works

12 concerti e sinphonie op. 1 (Amsterdam, 1738)
I concerti a 3
About 15 trio sonatas in various arrangements
18 Pieces for colachon (Gallichone)
Sinfonia a 4
various sinfonias concertanti and concertos
La Tisbe (Opera pastorale), 1717–18
Missa solenne (four voices)
2 cantatas Sequir fera che fugge and Core amante di perche—Excerpted from Wikipedia


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