Morellati [Morellato], Paolo
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( b Vicenza, May 2, 1740; d Vicenza, Feb 17, 1807). Italian keyboard instrument maker and composer . He studied first in Vicenza with Andrea Bottelli, then in Bologna with Martini from April 1762 to November 1763; his counterpoint exercises and 43 of his letters to Martini are extant (in I-Bc ). In October 1763 he was admitted to the Accademia Filarmonica. From 1768 until his death he was organist at Vicenza Cathedral.
Morellati was known primarily as a maker of harpsichords and pianos; only a few of his compositions (mainly those from the period of his study with Martini) seem to be extant (in I-Bc and I-VId ). Morellati constructed a piano with a new kind of hammer mechanism (an escapement action) and described it in a letter published in the Giornale enciclopedico (vii, July 1775) and the Antologia di Roma (xli, 1780, pp.324–7). Sacchi wrote that in ...