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date: 21 October 2019

Borghi, Luigilocked

  • John A. Parkinson
  • , revised by Simon McVeigh


(b Bologna, 1745; d London, c1806). Italian violinist and composer. He was a pupil of Pugnani and friend of Sir William Hamilton, and settled in London around 1769. A prominent orchestral violinist, he was leader of the second violins at the Handel Commemoration of 1784 and at the Professional Concert from 1785 until 1792, and played regularly with Cramer in quartets and other chamber music. He composed ballet music for the Italian opera, was assistant manager of O’Reilly’s opera company at the Pantheon in 1791 and, shortly afterwards, married the prima donna Anna Casentini (fl 1787–96). His works, among which the violin concertos are notable examples of the galant style, were published both in England and on the Continent.

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