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date: 15 September 2019

Lolli, Antonio locked

  • Albert Mell

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(b Bergamo, c1725; d Palermo, Aug 10, 1802). Italian violinist and composer. The death register of S Ippolito gave his age as 77; F. Guelli's epitaph, written for his Requiem, gave his age as 75. Of the musicians and dancers cited in Mooser's putative genealogy of the Lolli family, only the cellists Luigi and Giuseppe Bichi-Lolli, also from Bergamo, may be related to Antonio. In 1758 he became solo violinist at the court in Stuttgart, an appointment he apparently owed to Padre Martini and to Jommelli, who identified him in a letter to Martini as the ‘Bergamaschino’. As the successor to the brilliant Pasquale Bini, Lolli must already have been an extraordinary performer. His salary increased rapidly from 700 to 2000 florins by 1765, equalling the stipend of Nardini who was also at Stuttgart during these years. By May 1762 he had married the dancer Nanette Sauveur, sister-in-law of the court ballet-master and choreographer J.G. Noverre. The next few years, in which the Württemberg court reached its artistic apogee, brought a happy association of the two families. The soprano Brigida Lolli, Antonio's sister (not his daughter as Mooser conjectured), joined the ...

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