Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from Grove Music Online. Grove is a registered trademark. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy).

date: 08 December 2019

Agostini [Augustini], Pietro Simone [Piersimone]locked

  • Owen Jander

Extract

[Piersimone]

(b Forlì, c1635; d Parma, Oct 1, 1680). Italian composer. According to Pitoni, he led a swashbuckling and notorious life and had ‘a natural inclination to impropriety and baseness’. As a young man he was expelled from his native city because of his involvement in a murder. He went to Ferrara, where he received his basic musical training from Mazzaferrata. Then he abruptly took up a military career and for serving in Crete in the war against the Turks was made a Knight of the Golden Spur. His earliest datable pieces are the new prologue and interludes that he wrote for a performance of Il Tolomeo in Venice in 1658. In 1660 he competed unsuccessfully for the post of maestro di cappella at Urbino Cathedral.

Apparently by 1664 Agostini had arrived in Genoa. According to Pitoni he once attended a Vespers service there and was so harsh in his criticism of the music that he was invited to compose a service of his own for the same church, which he did with a success that added notably to his local reputation. In Genoa too he was commissioned to write at least two works for the Teatro del Falcone (...

You do not currently have access to this article

Login

Please login to access the full content.

Subscribe

Please subscribe to access the full content.

Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Dept of Manuscripts and Printed Books
Bologna, Civico Museo Bibliografico Musicale
Rome, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Vittorio Emanuele II
Münster, Santini-Bibliothek [in D-MÜp]
G.O. Pitoni: Notitia de contrapuntisti e de compositori di musica (MS, c1725, I-Rvat C.G.I/1-2); ed. C. Ruini (Florence, 1988)
Assisi, Sacro Convento di S Francesco, Biblioteca-Centro di Documentazione Francescana
Dresden, Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitäts-Bibliothek, Musikabteilung
Naples, Conservatorio di Musica S Pietro a Majella, Biblioteca
Bologna, Basilica di S Petronio, Archivio Musicale
Rome, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Acta musicologica
London, Guildhall Library
Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Musikabteilung
Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
Oxford, Christ Church Library
Milan, Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Verdi, Biblioteca
Rome, Biblioteca Casanatense, sezione Musica
Modena, Biblioteca Estense e Universitaria
Note d'archivio per la storia musicale
Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Musiksammlung
Brussels, Conservatoire Royal, Bibliothèque, Koninklijk Conservatorium, Bibliotheek
Florence, Conservatorio Statale di Musica Luigi Cherubini
Kassel, Gesamthochschul-Bibliothek, Landesbibliothek und Murhardsche Bibliothek, Musiksammlung
Paris, Conservatoire [in F-Pn]
London, British Library