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date: 12 December 2019

Giorgi, Giovannilocked

  • Siegfried Gmeinwieser

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(b 1st half of 18th century; d June 1762). Italian composer and priest. He is said to have come from Venice. In September 1719 he succeeded G.O. Pitoni as maestro di cappella of S Giovanni Laterano, Rome. He had a high reputation for his superior musical abilities. In January 1725 he went as mestre de capela to the court at Lisbon.

Giorgi's early work was done chiefly in Rome. He completed a stylistic transition from the high Baroque to the pre-Classical in his works up to about 1758, which were long assumed lost. Giorgi drew together the various stylistic tendencies of the Roman School, to the point of using short instrumental overtures, whereby precedence is given to individual expression rather than liturgical function. The 16-part Missa ‘Servite Domino’, on the other hand, still bears the marks of Benevoli's style.

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