Ricciotti, Carlo [Bacciccia]
- Albert Dunning
(bc1681; d The Hague, July 13, 1756). Italian violinist and impresario, active in the Netherlands. He is first heard of with a French opera company at The Hague in 1702, where he worked, ultimately as director, until 1725. There are no records of Ricciotti as composer, while as practising musician we know only that he was violin teacher to Count Willem Bentinck and played first violin in the concerts held at the homes of Bentinck and Wassenaer. On 26 February 1740 the states of Holland and West Friesland awarded Ricciotti a patent for the printing of six Concerti armonici a quattro violini obligati, alto viola, violoncello obligato e basso continuo, published in The Hague. The title-page mentions only that the concertos are dedicated to Count Bentinck by Ricciotti, at whose expense they were printed: no composer is named. In the dedicatory letter to Bentinck, Ricciotti begged the count ‘to take even greater pleasure in accepting these works since they stem from an illustrious hand [Illustre mano] which your Excellency esteems and honours, and to which I am bound out of respect’. When the concertos were reprinted by the London publisher Walsh, Ricciotti was named as the composer, and while this attribution can have no significance whatever, J.P. Hinnensthal (...