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Luigi Boccherini was born in Italy in 1743. This composer belonged to the Classical period, and died in 1805. Hector Berlioz

Luigi Boccherini   (1743-1805) was a prolific composer and a famous cellist in his day. He was born in Lucca, Italy, and studied in Rome. Then he went with his father to work in Vienna, and they both played in the court theatre orchestra for several years. His style owes a lot to Haydn, and this is especially evident in his chamber music. He went back to Lucca in 1764 for a couple of years, and then continued  travelling, via Paris, to Spain, where he settled. He worked for the royal court of the infante Don Luis.

He wrote much music for the cello, his own instrument, including many works on commission for Prince Friedrich of Prussia. He composed 30 symphonies, some cello concertos, and a vast amount of chamber music.  His quintets are a little unusual, in being scored for two violins, viola, and two cellos. One cello plays the traditional bass line, whereas the other often plays the melody, in a very high register.

His most well-known piece is the Minuet and Trio - the 3rd movement of his quintet in E, Op 13 No 5.


Works written by Boccherini      
Audio is available for 11 tunes by this composer.
No.Name of WorkCategoryEnsembleSoloInstrument
1 Cello Concerto in BbConcertoOrchestraCello
2 Cello Concerto in DConcertoOrchestraCello
3 Flute Quartet in DChamber MusicString QuartetFlute
4 String Quintet in E Op 13 No.5Chamber MusicString QuartetViola
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