Composer of the Week

Sunday, 25 March 2012
Luigi Boccherini (1743 - 1805)

Luigi Boccherini9am Sunday 25 March and 7pm Monday 26 March 2012

Boccherini’s birth date of 1743 puts him halfway between Haydn and Mozart in age and in our estimation of composers of the classical era he is completely overshadowed by them. Partly this is due to the instrumental forces he tended to write for – he composed hundreds of chamber works: sonatas, trios, quartets, quintets (especially), sextets. And the cello was his primary focus. He was not the symphonist that either Haydn or Mozart were and he wrote only one opera, and that was really a zarzuela rather than a true opera. But he was a good composer.

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

Peter Hoar’s introduction draws on these references:
Elisabeth Le Guin, Boccherini’s Body: An Essay in Carnal Musicology, Berkeley, CA, 2006.
Germaine de Rothschild, Luigi Boccherini: His Life and Work, London, 1965.
R. Ciranni & G. Fornaciari, ‘Luigi Boccherini and the Barocco Cello: An 18th Century Striking Case of Occupational Disease’, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 13, 5, 2003, pp. 294–302.

And he programme includes these musical excerpts:

Boccherini arr ?: The Minuet [sung by The Comedian Harmonists] - Pavilion PAST CD 7000
Boccherini: Cello Concerto No 9 in Bb, G482 - Naxos 8.557589
Boccherini: Symphony in D minor, G506, La casa del diavolo - Opus 111 OP 30399
Boccherini: Guitar Quintet No 4 in D, G448, Fandango - Virgin Veritas 7243 5 45607
Boccherini: Fac me plagis, from Stabat Mater - Hyperion CDA 67108
Boccherini: Almas que amor sujeto, from La Clementina - Astree Naïve E8885
Boccherini arr Berio: Quattro versioni originali della “Ritirata notturna di Madrid” sovrapposte e trascritte per orchestra - Decca 476 2830