A Dictionary of Musicians from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time; Comprising the Most Important Biographical Contents of the Works of Gerber, Ch

A Dictionary of Musicians from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time; Comprising the Most Important Biographical Contents of the Works of Gerber, Ch

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1827 edition. Excerpt: ...have been such hearty and unequivocal approbation as he now received in the same city. His health, however, daily and visibly dtclined. His friends had perceived, by his frequent spitting of blood, for four or five years before this period, that he was likely to be cut off in his prime; and his malady was still increased by his last journey to Rome. His first patron, the prince of Stegliano, who had never withdrawn his protection, advised him to take a small house at Torre del Greco, near Naples, by the seaside, almost at the foot of mount Vesuvius. It is imagined by the Neapolitans, that persons afflicted with consumption are either speedily cured or lulled in this situation. During his last sickness, Pergolesi composed his celebrated cantata of "Orpheus and Euridice" like our Purcell, who, under similar circumstances, produced "From rosy bowers" retaining his faculties in full vigour to the last moment of his existence, and, to complete the parallel, cut off likewise in the prime of life. At Torre del Greco, he also composed his " Stabat Mater," whence he used occasionally to go to Naples, to have them tried. The " Salvi Regina," which is printed in England, was the last of his productions; and he died very soon after it was finished, in 1737, at the age of thirty-three. The instant his death was known, all Italy manifested an eager desire to hear and possess his productions, not excepting his first and most trivial farces and intermezzi: not only lovers of elegant music, and curious collectors elsewhere, but even the Neapolitans themselves, who had heard them with indifference during his lifetime, were now equally solicitous to do justice to the works of their deceased countryman. Rome now...show more

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  • Paperback | 362 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 644g
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  • English
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  • 1236617088
  • 9781236617088