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Francesco Antonio Bonporti

Biography

Born: June 11, 1672; Trento, Italy   Died: December 19, 1749; Padua, Italy  
Francesco Antonio Bonporti was an excellent instrumental composer, especially noted for his fine, flowing melodies, but was overlooked in his own time. He was from a high-born family in Trent and chose the priesthood as his vocation, obviously expecting to rise through its ranks to higher positions. People in his class did not consider music as a career, so that pursuit was a vocation to him. He excelled in the humanities, philosophy, and Read more theology at the Collegium Germanicum in Rome, also taking music lessons with Pitoni and reportedly, Corelli.

After he was ordained and posted to Trent, he never attempted to gain a musical position. When he published music, he described himself as a "gentleman of Trent." He dedicated this publication to the prince bishop of Trent and was rewarded with a minor post in the cathedral.

Thereafter, he almost always dedicated his publications to some prelate or ruler who could advance him. Northern Italy was dominated by Austria and German-speaking priests had the upper hand, blocking Italians -- no matter how talented or high-born -- from advancement. When this dawned on Bonporti, he dared to apply as chaplain to the Emperor in Vienna, even offering to serve the first year without pay. When this failed, he was so desperate he applied for a similar position with King George I of England, a Protestant. He left Trento for Padua to get away from the clique of Germans. Without an official position there, he lived in the apartment of a fellow priest. His last a publication of ten works dedicated to Empress Maria Theresia of Austria did him no good. He died an embittered man in 1749. In 1911, musicologist Werner Wolffheim proved that four works attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach were really by Bonporti. Musicians curiously sought out the music of this unknown composer good enough to be mistaken for the master. They found a composer of high skills, great originality, and even daring, with very accomplished part writing, where all voices are generously highly melodic in their own right. His weakness is that he wrote in different styles to please a diverse bunch of highly connected dedicatees, so he did not develop his own individual "sound." Read less
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  • 1.
    Pachelbel: Canon; Albinoni: Adagio / Paillard Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 633524 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Francesco Antonio Bonporti
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra
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    Devil's Trill: Veracini, Tartini, Bonporti
    Label: Passacaille   Catalog: 996 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Tartini,  Francesco Maria Veracini,  Giovanni Mossi,  Francesco Antonio Bonporti
    Conductor:  Enrico Onofri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Imaginarium
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    The Trio Sonata In 18th-century Italy / London Baroque
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2015 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Francesco Antonio Bonporti,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Nicolo Porpora  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    Roma
    Label: Myrios Classics   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Antonio Bonporti,  Alessandro Stradella,  Antonio Caldara,  Lelio Colista  ... 
    Performer:  Chiharu Abe,  Christine Rox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alte Musik Köln
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    Il Barocco Strumentale Italian - Vivaldi, Torelli, Porpora, Et Al
    Label: Nuova Era   Catalog: 232891 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Simone Molinaro,  Alessandro Stradella,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Beier,  Claudio Ronco,  Andrea Dandolo,  Antonio Fantinuoli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico,  Ensemble Pian & Forte,  Tripla Concordia  ... 
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    Pachelbel: Canon; Albinoni: Adagio, Etc / Paillard
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 4697010 Release Date: 02/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Francesco Antonio Bonporti  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra
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  • 7.
    Bonporti Edition Vol 4 / Martini, Sapere, Loreggian, Et Al
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 424/1-2 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francesco Antonio Bonporti
    Performer:  Alberto Martini,  Roberto Loreggian,  Leonardo Sapere
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia I Filarmonici
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  • 8.
    Bonporti Edition Vol 1 - Motets Op 3
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 280 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Antonio Bonporti
    Performer:  Gemma Bertagnolli,  Alberto Martini,  Enrico Casazza,  Francesco Ferrarini  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Martini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia I Filarmonici
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  • 9.
    Bonporti: 6 Motetti / Uccello, Ciavatta, Kaunas Co
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 5549 Release Date: 12/02/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Antonio Bonporti
    Performer:  Daniela Uccello
    Conductor:  Augusto Ciavatta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaunas Chamber Orchestra
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    Sacred Cantatas / Klepper, Borst, Bamberger String Quartet
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 10812 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Francesco Antonio Bonporti,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Regina Klepper,  Berthold Höps,  Martina Borst,  Stefan Adelmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg String Quartet
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    Bonporti: Motets / Ellen Hargis, Ensemble Ouabache
    Label: Dorian Discovery   Catalog: 80163 Release Date: 06/23/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Antonio Bonporti
    Performer:  Ellen Hargis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ouabache
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    Bonporti: Concerti & Serenate / Ritchie, Bloomington Baroque
    Label: Dorian Discovery   Catalog: 80160 Release Date: 02/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Antonio Bonporti
    Performer:  Stanley Ritchie,  Ingrid Matthews,  Christopher Verrette,  David Greenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanley Ritchie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bloomington Baroque
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  • 13.
    Bonporti: Invenzioni Op. 10 Vol 1 / Elmiger, Mitrani
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 693 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Antonio Bonporti
    Performer:  Roger Elmiger,  Micheline Mitrani
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    Bonporti: Invenzioni;  Bach: Sonatas For Violin & Continuo
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 694 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Francesco Antonio Bonporti
    Performer:  Roger Elmiger,  Micheline Mitrani
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