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date: 19 February 2020

Masi, Francescolocked

  • Anne Dhu McLucas

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(b Italy?; d Washington, DC, Feb 14, 1853). American organist, music teacher, publisher, and composer of Italian birth. He was active in Boston between 1807 and 1818, together with his brother Vincent and other relatives, all of whom played and sang at dances and assemblies. The earliest documentary evidence of his activity in the United States is an advertisement in the Columbian Centinel (28 Nov 1807), in which he describes himself as “Music Master of the Italian Band, teacher Piano Forte, Clarinet, Violoncello, Violin, French Horn, Trumpet, Flute, French Guitar, &c. Produces certificates from Church of St. Peter in Rome.” He also played organ for the First Church, and according to Barbara Owen was responsible in part for the musical education of Boston organ-builder Ebenezer Goodrich from 1804 to 1807. In December of 1814, he gave an organ concert at Boylston Hall, Boston, and in the years ...

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