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date: 08 December 2019

Pasquali, Niccololocked

  • David Johnson

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(bc1718; d Edinburgh, Oct 13, 1757). Italian composer, violinist, theoretician and impresario. It is assumed that Pasquali was born about 1718, since the Edinburgh burial records give the age at which he died as 39. According to Burney he came to London about 1743 and from then on was extremely active in the three main British musical centres. He spent the period 1748–9 in Dublin, where he produced an oratorio, Noah, and a masque, The Temple of Peace. By 1750 he was back in London, returning to Dublin in 1751. From October 1752 onwards he lived in Edinburgh, where he led the orchestras at both the Canongate Theatre and the Musical Society, wrote and acted in a ‘whimsical Farce’ entitled The Enraged Musician (based on Hogarth’s print), and composed, among other works, a Stabat mater which continued to be performed in Edinburgh after his death. His arrangement of Corelli’s concerto grosso op.6 no.4, with additional parts for horns, trumpets and timpani, survived in the concert repertory until the 1770s (see Fiske, 260)....

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Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart
R. Fiske: English Theatre Music in the Eighteenth Century (London, 1973, 2/1986)
London, Royal College of Music, Library
Edinburgh, University Library, Main Library