Francesco Maria Veracini, 1690-1768


Selected Recordings

Sonata in A minor Part 1

Sonata in A minor Part 2

Overture Suite No.1 in B flat major

Selected Sheet Music

Fuga con 4 Soggetti



Showcase Piece

Sonata in G minor Part 1

Notes and Commentary

Francesco Maria Veracini was an Italian composer and violinist, perhaps best known for his sets of violin sonatas. In addition to violin sonatas, operas and oratorios, Veracini also wrote violin concertos, sonatas for recorder and basso continuo, and orchestral suites, called Overtures. The six Overtures were performed for Prince Friedrich August in Venice in 1716, as part of Veracini’s ultimately successful attempt to secure a position at the Dresden court. They are all either in F major or B-flat major, except for one in G minor. The last one of these, in B-flat major, is remarkable for concluding with a unison minuet. Veracini also wrote a theory treatise, Il trionfo della pratica musicale (The Triumph of Musical Practice), and edited other composers’ works, adding changes of his own, such as he did in his Dissertazioni with the Opus 5 Violin Sonatas of Arcangelo Corelli.

There is a legend that, when Giuseppe Tartini heard Veracini playing the violin in 1712, he was so impressed by his bowing technique, and so dissatisfied with his own skill, that he retreated the next day to Ancona “in order to study the use of the bow in more tranquility, and with more convenience than at Venice,” where he had a place assigned him in the opera orchestra of that city. Veracini lived from February 1, 1690, to October 31, 1768.—Excerpted from Wikipedia

Books and Music

Selected Books

Music Minus One Flute, Recorder, or Violin
Music Minus One, 2001
Francesco Maria Veracini
$23.73 on Amazon


Selected Music
FMV-1 Overtures Nos. 1 – 4 & 6 (1995), 1 CD

FMV-2 Dissertations Over Opera V O (2005), 1 CD

FMV-3 Sonate Accademiche (1995), 1 CD

More Francesco Maria Veracini music

Complete Works

12 Sonatas for recorder or violin solo and basso (no opus number, dedicated to Prince Friedrich August, before 1716)
Opus 1, 12 Sonatas for violin solo and basso (dedicated to Prince Friedrich August, 1721)
Opus 2, 12 Sonate Accademiche for violin solo and basso (1744)
Dissertazioni del Sigr. Francesco Veracini sopra l’opera quinta del Corelli [Dissertation by Mr. Francesco Veracini on Corelli’s Opus 5] (date of composition uncertain, unpublished until 1961)
Opus 3, Il trionfo della pratica musicale, osia Il maestro dell’arte scientifica dal quale imparsi non solo il contrapunto ma (quel che più importa) insegna ancore con nuovo e facile metodo l’ordine vero di comporre in musica (music-theory treatise, 1760)—Excerpted from Wikipedia

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