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Giovanni Pacini
1796 - 1867
Italy
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G. Pacini
Giovanni Pacini (17/02/1796 - 06/12/1867), an Italian composer, from Catania. He was a son of singer Luigi Pacini, of Tuscan origin. From 1808 onwards studies at Bologna conservatory with L. Marchesi (singing) and Padre Mattei (counterpoint), from 1809–12 in Venice with B. Furlanetto (composition). He worked in Milan at about 1818, distinguishing himself as operist of elegant character but also popular. He moved afterwards to France, becaming a musical publisher in Paris, from about 1820, and he had some commercial success, at least fo twenty years. He died in Paris in 1867. Regarding to guitar are worthy mentioned some works which he published by himself in 1820-1821, as Valzer for guitar, Valzer for flute and guitar and Metodo for the instrument.
Messa di Requiem in C minor
Period:Early Romanticism
Composed in:1843
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
In memory of:/ dedicated to the town of Catania
Messa di Requiem in C minor for four voices, orchestra and organ (1843).
Messa di Requiem
Period:Romanticism
Composed in:1864
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
In memory of:Michele Puccini (1813 - 1864)
Messa di Requiem in memory of Michele Puccini, father of Giacomo Puccini.
Messa di requiem
Period:Romanticism
Composed in:1867
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
In memory of:Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)
Label(s):Bongiovanni GB 2059-2
This requiem (11 movements) has been performed 30 days after Pacini's funeral. In 1857 he moves to Pescia, where he spends his final years; he composes sacred and instrumental music (Requiem, Sinfonia Dante) and is also busy with writing. His memoirs, which are written gradually in the early 1860s and supplemented posthumously, are a lively, but nevertheless biassed description of Italian operatic culture as well as a precious time-document.
Important requiem composers in the 19th century include Aiblinger, Andrevi y Castellar, Bochsa, Van Bree, Canetti, Catelani, Coccia, Fétis, Goss, Gounod, Habert, Mabellini, Meyerbeer, Neukomm, Pacini, Reinecke, Reissinger and Rheinberger.
Author:James W. Pruett
Source:The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians
Giovani Pacini and Pietro Coppola wrote a requiem on the occasion of the removal of the ashes of the composer Vincenzo Bellini (03/11/1801 - 23/09/1835) from Paris to his native city Catania in 1867.
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V. Bellini
(dedicatee)