Serini, Giovanni Battista
- C. Peter Lynch
- , revised by Federico Furnari
(b ?Casalmaggiore, ?1710; d after Jan 8, 1765). Italian composer and harpsichordist. Nothing is known of his early life. He was related to other musicians active in northern Italy with the same name. The most significant of these, Giuseppe Serini (b Cremona, c1645), is known by the oratorio Il genio deluso (1680 or 1690) and the serenata Il concerto degli Dei e delle Muse, composed for the wedding in 1685 of the Elector of Bavaria (libretto and score in A-Wn). There were two Pietro Paolo Serinis: the first, from Cremona, was contralto cantor in the Cappella della Laudi at the Cathedral of Cremona from November 1668 until 1709; the second (Giovanni Battista’s father) tried unsuccessfully to obtain a post as violinist at S Marco, Venice, in December 1714. Caterina Serini, a soloist and choir member at the Incurabili from about 1760 to 1779...