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Dennis Libby

revised by Angela Lepore

Italian family of musicians.

(b Camaiore, nr Lucca, March 19, 1661; d Rome, March 22, 1727). Composer and teacher. In 1682 he was active as organist at Madonna dei Monti in Rome, where he probably studied with Corelli and Pasquini. He was admitted to the Accademia Filarmonica, Bologna, as a singer on 27 June 1684, and as a composer on 17 May 1685. According to Hawkins, he and his brother (3) Michelangelo Gasparini were living as pupils in Legrenzi’s house in Venice in 1686, but in 1687 Francesco was taking part in accademie in the Roman palace of Cardinal Benedetto Pamphili, both as a violinist and as a composer of arias and cantatas to texts by Pamphili himself. In 1689 he became a member of the Congregazione di S Cecilia and also played in a revival for Pamphili of Lulier’s S Beatrice d’Este. At this time he probably also met Alessandro Scarlatti, and the two were later to demonstrate a mutual respect: Scarlatti sent his son Domenico to Venice in ...


Otto E. Albrecht

revised by Stephen Roe

This article is a fundamental revision of Otto Albrecht's comprehensive listing in Grove6 of collections of printed and manuscript music and letters of composers and musicians, libraries, books and theoretical works still in private hands. Instruments, collections of and Sound archives are treated elsewhere. Albrecht's division into two sections has been retained, though the parts are retitled ‘Current Collections’ and ‘Historical Collections’. The former records geographically collections in the process of formation and development, or which remain in the family of the original collector or have not yet reached permanent, public, institutional ownership. The second lists alphabetically collections since the late 15th century which have reached a final destination (as far as can be ascertained) or have now been dispersed. Political and market forces of the last 30 or so years of the 20th century have shown that it is not always an inexorable progress from the first to the second list and in some cases the reverse journey has been made. Bibliographical details are generally omitted in the second part; they may be found under the entry for the library where the collection is now located....