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Francesco Antonio Pistocchi

Antonio Pistocchi

Pallidetta viola Palidetti viola

As a child prodigy, singer (alto), composer and pedagogue (singing master) Francesco Antonio Pistocchi known as ‘Il Pistocchino’ (1659–1726) was acclaimed in numerous theatres in Europe, and his name was praised by musicians and theorists of the time, who included Pier Francesco Tosi, Giuseppe Torelli, Giacomo Antonio Perti, Johann Joachim Quantz, and Charles Burney. His musical oeuvre is rather extensive: it includes operas, a serenata, oratorios, cantatas, duets, terzetti, madrigal, Mass and Mass sections, psalms, responsories, canticles, litanies, hymns, antiphons, motets, lamentations, pastorals and sequences, and instrumental music. The cantatas, in particular, constitute a wide and significant corpus.

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