Luigi Boccherini was born at Lucca, February 19, 1743, and died May 28, 1805.
He was first taught by his father, an able bass player, and the Abbe Vannucci.
In 1757 the boy was sent to Rome, where he rapidly became famous as a composer and player.
He returned to Lucca, where works of his were produced.
Later, he went on tour, and eventually arrived in Paris, where he became very popular.
He was persuaded to visit Spain, but the reception that Boccherini and his party received in Madrid was disappointing. They managed to gain some support, however, and remained there for some time, but later, probably between 1782 and 1787, Boccherini went to Germany.
A composition dedicated to the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm II, procured him a valuable post, which he retained until the death of the monarch left him again friendless.
He returned to Spain, where he regained some of his old time favor.
He was the victim of many misfortunes, however, and eventually died in great poverty.
Music of his music became very popular, and is even heard today, though it is somewhat characterless.
His powers as a composer were aptly summed up by Puppo, the violinist, who said that “Boccherini is the wife of Haydn.”
Boccherini was extremely prolific, and his instrumental works amount to 467 pieces, and consist of all kinds of works.