Baldassare Galuppi

Baldassare Galuppi was born on the island of Burano, near Venice, October 18, 1706.

From that island he received the surname of Il Buranello. He composed many operas and other works popular in his time. Some of his sacred compositions are still given, but he is chiefly remembered through his sonata for the harpsichord included in Pauer’s “Alte Klavier-musik”. Galuppi has been called the father of Italian comic opera. He made several extended tours and held important positions, among them that of maestro to Catharine II of Russia (1765-68), through which he influenced musical development in the country.

He died in Venice, January 3, 1785.