Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/11/29

“November 29, 1797” by Rick Sanders

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848), composer -

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848), composer – (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is 1797. Gaetano Donizetti, the Italian composer is born. He later dies in 1848. Wikipedia reminds us of the following:

Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti (Italian pronunciation: [doˈmeːniko ɡaeˈtaːno maˈria donidˈdzetti]; born 29 November 1797 – died 8 April 1848) was an Italian composer from Bergamo, Lombardy. His best-known works are the operas L’elisir d’amore (1832), Lucia di Lammermoor (1835), and Don Pasquale (1843) (all in Italian) and the French operas La favorite and La fille du régiment (both from 1840). Along with Vincenzo Bellini and Gioachino Rossini, he was a leading composer of bel canto opera.

Donizetti, a prolific composer, is best known for his operatic works, but he also wrote music in a number of other forms, including some church music, a number of string quartets, and some orchestral pieces. Altogether, he composed about 75 operas, 16 symphonies, 19 string quartets, 193 songs, 45 duets, 3 oratorios, 28 cantatas, instrumental concertos, sonatas, and other chamber pieces.


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