Giovanni Battista Vitali

Biography

Born: February 18, 1632    Died: October 12, 1692  
Vitali was a singer and player of the predecessor to the violoncello, the violincino. He was a student of Cazzati and served as a performer and master of the choir at St. Petronio, Bologna, (1658) master of the choir at St. Rosario (1673) and at the Este court in Modena as the vice-choir master and full choir master in 1684. Vocal music was not his forte; however, Vitali composed two collections including vesper psalms, solo hymns with Read more instrumental returns, ten cantatas both sacred and secular -- the secular cantatas contended with specific ethical situations -- and oratorios based on Old Testament texts. The best that can be said of these works were that they were characterized by conventionality. In Vitali's instrumental works he experimented with the sonata da camera and the sonata da chiesa. He would relate different movements with dance rhythms which were employed in all movements of the sonata de chiesa, and unify the movements with identical keys. He also employed the use of shortened thematic material and useful harmonies produced by common sequences in the bass. Of his twelve instrumental collections most were arranged in two to six movements. Vitali also employed counterpoint to a greater extent than had previously been done and was the first to use French dances like the bouree and the minuet in the sonatas. Through these various methods of experimentation and innovation, Vitali was instrumental in bringing about the advent of the Baroque ensemble. Read less
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    La Voce Del Violoncello
    Label: Passacaille   Catalog: 993 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph-Marie-Clément Dall,  Domenico Galli,  Giovanni Battista Vitali,  Giuseppe Colombi  ... 
    Performer:  Esteban La Rotta
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    The Renaissance Of Venetian Baroque / Accademia Vivaldiana Di Venezia
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802192 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Marco Uccellini,  Giovanni Battista Fontana,  Giovanni Battista Vitali,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Vivaldiana
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    EMI Eminence - The Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 393872 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Jonathan Small,  George Malcolm,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Vernon Handley,  George Guest,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir  ... 
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    Vitali: Ciaconna / Stephanie De Failly, Clematis
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 326 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tommaso Antonio Vitali,  Giovanni Battista Vitali
    Conductor:  Stephanie de Failly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clematis Ensemble
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    The Trio Sonata In 17th-century Italy / London Baroque
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1795 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Paolo Cima,  Francesco Turini,  Giovanni Buonamente,  Dario Castello  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    Vitali: Trio Sonatas Op. 2 / Luigi Cozzolino, Semperconsort
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94405 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Vitali
    Performer:  Anna Noferini,  Luigi Cozzolino,  Gian Luca Lastraioli,  Gabriele Micheli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Semperconsort
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    Label: New Pan   Catalog: 10272 Release Date: 05/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Vitali,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Domenico Pellegrini,  Diego Ortiz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United Continuo Ensemble
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    Circulo
    Label: Cornetto-verlag   Catalog: 10035 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stefano Landi,  Anonymous,  Juan Arañés,  Tarquinio Merula  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Douchaine
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    Bassonoble / Klaus Stoll, Jose Vitores
    Label: Phil.harmonie   Catalog: 6014 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Vitali,  Enrique Granados,  Ciro Daniel Buono,  John Cage  ... 
    Performer:  Klaus Stoll,  José Vitores
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    Label: Pan Classics   Catalog: 10272 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Vitali,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Domenico Pellegrini,  Diego Ortiz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United Continuo Ensemble
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    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 921206 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Tarquinio Merula,  Nicola Matteis,  Agostino Guerrieri,  Carlo Mannelli  ... 
    Performer:  Mara Galassi,  Enrico Gatti,  Guido Morini,  Adriana Egivi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aurora Ensemble
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    Balli, Capricci e Stravaganze - 17th Century Italian Music for Strings
    Label: Divox   Catalog: 79603 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tarquinio Merula,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Biagio Marini,  Carlo Farina  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
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    Nobil Donna / Suzie LeBlanc
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2605 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Felice Sances,  Hieronymus Kapsberger,  Stefano Landi,  Marco Marazzoli  ... 
    Performer:  Suzie LeBlanc,  Alexander Weimann
    Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Nef
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    Vitali: Sonatas Op. 11 / Cozzolino, Semperconsort
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93976 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Vitali
    Performer:  Luigi Cozzolino
    Conductor:  Luigi Cozzolino
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Semperconsort
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    Italian Violin Sonatas / Tagliavini, Armuzzi-romei
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 6657012 Release Date: 04/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gio Bonaventura Viviani,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Giovanni Battista Vitali,  Arcangelo Corelli
    Performer:  Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini,  Gabriella Armuzzi-romei
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    The Venice Collection - An Excess Of Pleasure & The Winged Lion / Palladian Ensemble
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 321 Release Date: 08/01/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Marco Uccellini,  Nicola Matteis,  Matthew Locke,  Christopher Simpson  ... 
    Performer:  Pamela Thorby,  Rachel Podger,  Joanna Levine,  William Carter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
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    Dance Music At The Court Of Francesco D'este / Antichi Strumenti
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33764 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Sorosina,  Giuseppe Colombi,  Giovanni Battista Vitali,  Tommaso Antonio Vitali  ... 
    Performer:  Tobias Bonz,  Gabriele Palomba,  Gabriele Miracle,  Laura Toffetti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Antichi Strumenti
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    Ofra Harnoy Collection Volume 1 - Vitali, Corelli, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 68368 Release Date: 01/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Giovanni Battista Vitali,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Pablo Casals  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Bloss,  Ofra Harnoy
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    Sprezzatura - Caccini, Monteverdi, Gesualdo Et Al / Tragicomedia
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54312 Release Date: 06/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Battista Vitali,  Gregorio Strozzi,  Stefano Landi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tragicomedia
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    Jacques Thibaud - The Complete Solo Recordings 1929-36
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 6003 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Manuel de Falla,  Enrique Granados,  Maria Theresia Paradis  ... 
    Performer:  George De Lausnay,  Jacques Thibaud,  Tasso Janopolou,  Alfred Cortot
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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    Violin Recital [special Release]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 779185 Release Date: 08/02/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Fritz Kreisler,  Giovanni Battista Vitali,  Franz Von Vecsey  ... 
    Performer:  Ryu Goto
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    The Fam'd Italians Masters / Steele-perkins, Balsom, Holman
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67359 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Melani,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Peter Holman,  Alison Balsom
    Conductor:  Peter Holman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
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  • 23.
    Jacques Thibaud - Short Pieces
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2031 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados,  Manuel de Falla,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Jacques Thibaud,  Tasso Janopolou,  Harold Craxton
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    Vitali: Sonate, Passagalli, Artificii / Quadro Hypothesis
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 632201 Release Date: 02/04/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Vitali
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quadro Hypothesis
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    Capriccio Stravagante Vol 2 / Purcell Quartet, Wooley, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 670 Release Date: 11/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dario Castello,  Salomone Rossi,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Giovanni Picchi  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Woolley,  Catherine Mackintosh,  Catherine Weiss,  Jakob Lindberg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet,  His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts
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