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Giovanni Battista Pergolesi Biography


Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (January 4, 1710 – March 16, 1736) was an Italian composer, violinist and organist.

Pergolesi was born in Jesi, where he studied music under Francesco Santini there before going to Naples in 1725 where he studied under Gaetano Greco among others. He spent most of his life working in Neapolitan courts.

Pergolesi was one of the most important early composers of opera buffa (comic opera). His opera seria Il prigioner superbo contained the two act buffa intermezzo, La Serva Padrona (The Landlady Servant, 1733), which became a very popular work in its own right. When it was given in Paris in 1752, it prompted the so-called querelle des bouffons (quarrel of the comedians) between supporters of serious French opera by the likes of Jean-Baptiste Lully and Jean-Philippe Rameau and supporters of new Italian comic opera. Pergolesi was held up as a model of the Italian style during this quarrel, which divided Paris's musical community for two years.

Among Pergolesi's other operatic works are his first opera La conversione e morte di San Guglielmo (1731), Lo frate 'nnammorato (The friar in love, 1732), L'Olimpiade (1735) and Il Flaminio (1735). All his operas were premiered in Naples apart from L'Olimpiade which was first given in Rome.

Pergolesi also wrote a lot of sacred music, including a Mass in F. It is his Stabat Mater (1736), however, for male soprano, male alto and orchestra, which is his best known sacred work. It was commissioned as a replacement for the one by Alessandro Scarlatti which had been performed each Good Friday in Naples. The work remained popular, becoming the most frequently printed work of the 18th century, and being arranged by a number of other composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach, who used it as the basis for his motet Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083.

Pergolesi wrote a number of secular instrumental works, including a violin sonata and a violin concerto. A considerable number of instrumental and sacred works once attributed to Pergolesi have since been shown to be falsely attributed. Much of Igor Stravinsky's ballet, Pulcinella, which ostensibly reworks pieces by Pergolesi, is actually based on spurious works. The Concerti Armonici are now known to be composed by Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer.

Pergolesi died at the age of 26 in Pozzuoli from tuberculosis.



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Stabat Mater "(Vocal Score). By Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). For 2-part womens choir and piano accompaniment (SA). Choral Large Works. Baroque. Difficulty: difficult. Vocal score. Vocal score, lyrics and piano accompaniment. 40 pages. G. Schirmer #ED498. P

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La Serva Padrona (Vocal Score). By Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). Score. Vocal Score. 64 pages. Ricordi #RCP45390/05. Published by Ricordi

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TELEMANN: Suite A minor; GLUCK: 'Orpheus' scene; PERGOLESI: Concerto G major (2 CD Set) "By Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1714-1787), and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). For flute. Instrumental Solo Part and 2 CDs. Published by Music Minus One"

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Lenten Prayer (from Salve Regina) By Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). Arranged by Patrick M. Liebergen. Choir Sacred. SATB choir. Choral (Sacred); Choral Octavo; Masterworks; Worship Resources. Baroque; Classical; Lent; Masterwork Arrangement; Sacred; Spring. Grade 3. Choral Octav

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Concerto in G major By Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). Edited by Rampal. For flute and piano. Published by International Music Company

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Stabat Mater "By Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). For SA Soli, SA Chorus, Piano. Choral. Piano/Vocal Score. Text Language: Latin. Published by Edition Peters"

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La Serva Padrona "By Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). For vocal soli, chorus / keyboard. Opera; (complete); Original Works; Transcriptions. Baroque; Italian. Vocal score. Text Language: Italian. Published by Masters Music Publications Inc."

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O Lord Have Mercy [Confitebor Tibi Domine: Sanctum et Terribile] "By Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). Arranged by Anonymous, Transcriber. For 2, 0, 2, 2 - 2, 0, 0, 0, strings (2.2.1.1.1), mixed choir. Sacred/Hymns Italian: Baroque. Set of parts. Composed 1732. Published by Edwin F. Kalmus"

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Lenten Prayer (from Salve Regina) By Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). Arranged by Patrick M. Liebergen. Choir Sacred. 2-Part Choir. Choral (Sacred); Choral Octavo; Masterworks; Worship Resources. Baroque; Classical; Lent; Masterwork Arrangement; Sacred; Spring. Grade 2. Choral Oct

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Salve Regina "By Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). Edited by Gabor Darvas. For alto voice solo, string ensemble (violin I, violin II, viola, cello, bass) and organ continuo (or cembalo). Baroque. Difficulty: medium-difficult. Full score. Full score notation and

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Flute Concerto in G Major (Classical Play-Along Volume 11). By Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). Classical Play-Along. Play Along. Softcover with CD. 9 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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Stabat Mater "(Soprano and Contralto Soli, SA Choir and Orchestra Vocal Score (with Piano Reduction)). By Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). Edited by John Hullah. Arranged by John Hullah. SA. Choral. 44 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV070244R. Published by Novello

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Surrexit Christus "By Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). Arranged by Richard Proulx. For SAB Choir, Cello/Bass/Bassoon continuo included in octavo. Ars Antiqua. Sacred, Easter. Easy. 8 pages. Published by GIA Publications"

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Magnificat in B-flat "By Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). Arranged by Westermann, Clayton, Editor. For organ, strings (2.2.1.1.1), solo SATB, mixed choir. Sacred/Hymns Italian Christmas: Baroque. Full score. Published by Edwin F. Kalmus"

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"O, My God, Bestow Thy Tender Mercy from 'Stabat Mater'" "(For Two-Part Mixed Chorus, Accompanied - from 'stabat Mater'). By Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). Arranged by Hal. H. Hopson. SATB chorus. For Mixed Chorus, Piano, Organ. Hal H. Hopson Chroal Series. Choral. Piano reduction/vocal score. Standar

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Magnificat "(SATB with SATB Soli (Orch.) (Latin, English Language Edition)). By Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). Edited by and transcr. Westermann. Choir Sacred. For Orch. (SATB choir). Choral (Sacred); Choral Worship Cantata; Larger Works; Masterworks; Wors

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"O, My God, Bestow Thy Tender Mercy from 'Stabat Mater'" "(For Two-Part Mixed Chorus, Accompanied - from 'stabat Mater'). By Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). Arranged by Hal. H. Hopson. SATB chorus. For Mixed Chorus, Piano, Organ. Hal H. Hopson Chroal Series. Choral. Piano reduction/vocal score. Standar

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Magnificat "(SATB with SATB Soli (Orch.) (Latin, English Language Edition)). By Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). Edited by and transcr. Westermann. Choir Sacred. For Orch. (SATB choir). Choral (Sacred); Choral Worship Cantata; Larger Works; Masterworks; Wors

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Stabat Mater "(Vocal Score). By Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). For Soprano, Alto Soli, SA Choir, Piano (SA). Music Sales America. Baroque, Choral, Sacred. 48 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV020244R. Published by Novello & Co Ltd."

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Stabat Mater (Cello/Bass Part). By Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). Schott. Individual part. 16 pages. Schott Music #ED4526-14. Published by Schott Music

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