Baldassare Galuppi, 1706-1785


Selected Recordings

“Di madre ai cari amplessi” from Scipione in Cartagine

Credo in unum Deum in C major

Sonata in do minore

Selected Sheet Music

Cello Sonata in D Major

Showcase Piece

“Son pien di giubilo” from Il filosofo di campagna

Notes and Commentary

Baldassare Galuppi was an Italian composer who achieved international success, spending periods of his career in London, Saint Petersburg, and his home, Venice. In his early career he made a modest success in opera seria, but from the 1740s, together with the playwright and librettist Carlo Goldoni, he became famous throughout Europe for his comic operas in the new dramma giocoso style. To the succeeding generation of composers he was known as “the father of comic opera.” Some of his mature opere serie were also widely popular.

Throughout his career Galuppi held official positions with charitable and religious institutions in Venice, the most prestigious of which was head of music at the Doge’s chapel, St Mark’s Basilica. In these various capacities he composed a large amount of religious music. He was also highly regarded as a virtuoso performer on and composer for keyboard instruments.

After Galuppi’s death his music was largely forgotten, but his name was brought back to public notice by the English poet Robert Browning’s 1855 poem “A Toccata of Galuppi’s,” but this did not restore the composer’s work to the general repertoire. Some of Galuppi’s pieces were occasionally performed in the 200 years after his death, but it was not until the last years of the 20th century that his works were extensively revived in live performance and on record. He lived from October 18, 1706, to January 3, 1785.—Excerpted from Wikipedia

Books and Music

Selected Books

Detto Il Buranello Da Il Filosofo Di Campagna
Kessinger Publishing, 2010
$25.63 on Amazon


Selected Music

galuooi1 La Caduta Di Adamo (1996), 2-CD set

galuppi3 Pastime of the Cembalo Sonat (2008), 1 CD

galuppi5 Messa per San Marco (2003), 1 CD

More Baldassare Galuppi music

Complete Works

Allegro in B-flat major
Allegro in C major
Allegro in D minor
Allegro in G major
L’Amante di tutte
Andante for organ

Cello Sonata in D major

La diavolessa

L’eroe cinese

Il filosofo di campagna

Harpsichord Sonata in D minor
6 Harpsichord Sonatas, Op.1
6 Harpsichord Sonatas, Op.2

I tré amanti Ridicoli

Keyboard Sonata in D major
Keyboard Sonata in G major

Missa in C major
Moderato in G major

Organ Sonata ‘per flauto’
Organ sonata con ripieni e flauti
Organ Sonata in G minor
Ouverture in F major
Ouverture in G major

Piano Sonata in A major
Piano Sonata in C minor
Piano Sonata No.5
Piano Sonata No.18
Il puntiglio amoroso

Qui tollis peccata mundi

Sinfonia in D major 1
Sinfonia in D major 2
Sinfonia in D major 3
Sonata con risposta di flauto

L’uomo femina

La vittoria d’Imeneo

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