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Francesco Azopardi
1748 - 1809
Malta
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G.B.A.F.G. Azopardi
(Giovanni Batista Agostino Francesco Giuseppe) Francesco Azopardi (05/05/1748 - 06/02/1809), a Maltese composer (from Notabile, Mdina).
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Contributor:Tassos Dimitridis (picture)
Azopardi was born in Rabat (Malta) on the 5th May 1748 and died there on 6th February 1809. He started his musical training in Malta under the guidance of Mikiel An Vella. There-after he studied in Naples, Italy. At young age fourteen years old he went to Naples.
Giovanni Batista Agostino Francesco Giuseppe named Francesco Azopardi was composer, theorist, organist, and teacher who lived in Malta -- except for the twelve years which he spent doing his education in Naples Royal Conservatory of Sant’ Onofrio (1763-1767-1774) -- during the second half of the eighteenth century. By 1768 Azopardi composed his first liturgical composition, the Mass in F (Ms 339). In Naples he was asked to become Maestro di Capella. But he liked to stay in his nativeland. On the 12th of April 1774 Azopardi was installed as organist of the Holy Church of Malta with right of further promotion to Maestro di Capella. The position of Maestro di Capella was at that moment retained by Don Benigno Zerafa (1726-1804). Azopardi spent his entire musical career in the service of the Cathedral in Mdina, and after 1789 he was also active at St. John's Co-Cathedral (Valletta). Francesco Azopardi was appointed Maestro di cappella at Mdina Cathedral, succeeding Benigno Zerafa, on the 8th December 1783.
He composed about 250 works most of them sacred music among them: 31 Masses, 76 Psalm settings, 6 Magnificat, 2 Passions, 6 Lamentations, 70 Motets, 16 Antiphons, Christmas organ pieces. He wrote two treatises about music theories Il Musico Prattico (I).& (II) published in 1786 and 1809.
Author:Wim Goossens
Source:Franco Bruni and APS Bank
Messa di requiem
Period:Classicism
Composed in:1792
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Label(s):Gega GR98
Messa di requiem (1792) is for four voices and orchestra.
Source:Propylaën – Welt der Musik – Die Komponisten and http://www.hmml.org/centers/malta/cathedral/music/musicIndex.html
Contributor:Tassos Dimitriadis
The original source and score of this Requiem, in the composer’s handwriting, is preserved at Mdina Cathedral Museum. This large-scale work, the Dies Irae is 38 minutes long, is composed to commemorate the Death of Leopold II, the Holy emperor of Austria.
This Requiem Mass has eight sections of movements, only the Gradual is not available and is even not composed. The melodic and harmonic lines are in style with the Classical period and Azopardi has added some interesting arias for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. The Orchestra is divided in : vl1, vl2, vla, vlc, 2 db, fl-tr1-2, hn1-2, fgt, org.
Author:Wim Goossens
This Messa de Morti a 4 voci (SATB), soli (Satb) and orchestra has the following eight movements:
- Introitus: Requiem Aeternam
- Kyrie Christe Kyrie
- Sequentia: Dies Irae
- Offertorium: Domine Jesu Christe & Hostias repente
- Sanctus & Benedictus
- Agnus Dei I, II, III
- Communio: Lux Aeterna
- Responsorium: Libera Me Domine
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Responsorium defunctorum
Period:Classicism
Composed in:1793
Musical form:responsory (Cantate à 4 vocibus SATB cum Orchestra)
Text/libretto:Latin from the Officium defunctorum
The movements of this Responsorium are:
Responsori per i Morti:
Primo Nocturno:
1. Credo videre. G min.
2. Qui Lazarum. Eb
3. Domine quando veneris. C min.
Secundo Nocturno:
1. Memento mei. Eb
2. Hei mihi, Domine F min.
3. Ne recorderis. G min.
Tertio Nocturno:
1. Peccantem me. C min.
2. Domine secundum actum. Bb
Author:Wim Goossens
Responsorium defunctorum
Period:Early Romanticism
Composed in:1800
Musical form:responsory (Cantate à 4 vocibus SATB cum Orchestra)
Text/libretto:Latin from the Officium defunctorum
The movements of this Responsorium are:
Responsori per i Morti:
Primo Nocturno:
1. Subvenite. C min.
2. Qui Lazarum. Eb
3. Domine quando veneris. C min.
4. Ne recorderis. G min
5. Requiem. C
Author:Wim Goossens