Started by Handel, January 09, 2008, 08:30:55 AM
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Quote from: JoshLilly on January 09, 2008, 09:24:05 AMIt's not really forgotten, even among the mainstream: after all, G.F. Händel was still actively composing during most of that time. But right up your alley, if you're looking for the basically "big names" of the time, I think it'd look something like this:Baldassare GaluppiWillibald von Gluck Ignaz HolzbauerNiccolò JommelliPietro LocatelliNicola Piccini Johann QuantzGiovanni SammartiniAdolph Scheibe Johann StamitzGiuseppe TartiniGeorg WagenseilThomas Arne might could be on there, he wrote stuff still famous to this day, but I never got the impression that his international reputation during his lifetime was all that high.Galuppi, Gluck, and Locatelli were quite popular during their lifetimes, though Gluck's reputation was probably at its peak just after the years you named. Carl Friedrich Abel and C.P.E. Bach also became famous later, but mainly I think for stuff they wrote in the 1760s and later.Galuppi in particular probably stands out, and was in demand all over. One reason not much is musically known about him today is that his reputation appears to have been largely based around his operas, and hearing obscure operas from any period - but particularly the mid/late-18th century - is difficult at best. I have two complete ones myself. He sure was famous, though. Robert Browning wrote an entire poem after hearing an unknown work of Galuppi's. This is the line I knew about:"Brave Galuppi! that was music! good alike at grave and gay! I can always leave off talking, when I hear a master play."I found the entire poem online just now, never read the whole thing before!His operas are a bit different, and I imagine would be very difficult to stage, for one reason: almost all the numbers have very long non-singing musical starts. I don't know what the performers would have done during these sometimes very long stretches of idleness. The "flow" of the two operas of his that I have is very poor, but the music is especially cheerful. They do translate well to pure listening, but I don't imagine they'd be too successful today to actually watch. On pure musical grounds, I like both of them, in particular Gustavo primo, re di Svezia. Ernesto's aria "Non così e tosto" always sticks in my head.
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