Francesco Geminiani


Born: December 5, 1687; Lucca, Italy   Died: September 17, 1762; Dublin, Ireland  
Geminiani was an important and influential Italian violinist, composer, and theorist. During his life, he was overshadowed by Handel, and Vivaldi, and he is still relatively obscure today in spite of the great originality and beauty of his compositions and his considerable place in music history's march. Geminiani, a student of Corelli, expanded the art of violin playing to a level previously thought unattainable. Many of the techniques he Read more introduced or developed are now part of the standard technique of the violinist. Likewise, his practical treatises on music inspired numerous successors. The most important one, The Art of Playing on the Violin (1751), was the first instruction manual addressed to advanced players from a professional viewpoint, as opposed to a primer for beginners. His The Art of Accompaniment on the Harpsichord is likewise unique for its point of view, being framed from the soloist's perspective rather than the accompanist's. Geminiani published a number of other treatises on harmony, guitar playing, and further aspects of violin playing. As a composer, Geminiani accomplished little in the way of structural innovation. Mostly, he followed Corelli's models in his numerous sonatas and concertos, but his music is generally richer, harmonically somewhat more complex, and substantially more difficult to play than that of his former teacher, with a certain free and creative flair. The underestimation of his influence was not just a result of the Romantic eclipse of all things Baroque, but began even in his own day: Geminiani somehow incurred the critical wrath of the most influential British music writer of the day, Charles Burney.

Geminiani was born in 1687 and began his studies in Milan, but he encountered his most important teachers, Corelli and Alessandro Scarlatti, when he moved to Rome. Before 1714, he held several posts in Italy, including those in Lucca and Naples, but met with little success. In 1714, his career took a sharp turn upward when he moved to London. He quickly met with acclaim as a virtuoso performer and soon earned ongoing support from several influential patrons. Between 1716, when his Op. 1 violin sonatas were published and 1726, when his arrangements of Corelli's sonatas were published as Op. 5, little is known of Geminiani's whereabouts or activities. From 1727 through the middle or late 1740s, Geminiani continued to live in London, making several trips to Ireland and publishing more sonatas and concertos. He was also most active during this time as a soloist and conductor. Although he continued to perform occasionally, his later years were spent primarily in teaching and writing and publishing his various treatises. In 1759, he moved to Dublin, and he returned to England only once more before his death in 1762. Read less
Geminiani: Concerti Grossi / Krecek, Capella Istropolitana
Release Date: 04/08/1997   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553019   Number of Discs: 1
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Geminiani: Concerti Grossi Vol. 2
Release Date: 10/27/1998   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553020   Number of Discs: 1
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    Baroque Gold: 100 Great Tracks
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    Handel in Ireland, Vol. 1 / Cunningham
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 478 Release Date: 03/03/2017   Number of Discs: 1
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    Geminiani: Second Collection of Pieces for the Harpsichord / Baroni
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 37051 Release Date: 01/27/2017   Number of Discs: 2
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    Vivarte Collection, Vol. 2
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    Cello Stories: The Cello in the 17th & 18th Centuries / Cocset, Les Basses Reunies
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    It's Me: The Baroque & Romantic Albums / Hope
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002565102 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 4
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    Italian Baroque: The Instrumental Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95430 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 50
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    Concerti Romani / I Musici
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    Handel, Geminiani, Purcell, Vivaldi & Others / Lamon, Tafelmusik
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 796334 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 6
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    Corelli's Legacy / Szabolcs Illes
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 32765 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Gasparo Visconti,  Francesco Geminiani,  Giovanni Battista Somis  ... 
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
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    Adolf Busch & Busch Quartet: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553027 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 16
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    Lagrime Mie / Anna Caterina Antonacci
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    The Nations: Music By Telemann, Rameau And Others
    Label: Atoll Records (New Zealand)   Catalog: 813 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
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    Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra - The Complete Sony Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875030622 Release Date: 06/16/2015   Number of Discs: 47
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    Francesco Geminiani: Sonatas For Cello And Continuo, Op. 5; George Frideric Handel: Suite 5 For Harpsichord In E Major
    Label: Orchid Classics   Catalog: 100049 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Geminiani,  George Frideric Handel
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    Geminiani: Cello Sonatas Op 5 / Alison McGillivray, McGuinness, Quinteiro
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 251 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Geminiani
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    Time Present and Time Past / Esfahani
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 002301402 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Francesco Geminiani  ... 
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    The Cello In Baroque Italy: Gabrielli, Marcello, Vivaldi
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24304 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Gabrielli,  Benedetto Marcello,  Giovanni Bononcini,  Alessandro Scarlatti  ... 
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    Mr. Corelli In London [cd+2015 Catalogue]
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2907523 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Geminiani
    Performer:  Maurice Steger
    Conductor:  Laurence Cummings
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  • 21.
    Haydn, Geminiani: Scottish Songs
    Label: Ludi Musici   Catalog: 6 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Geminiani,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Susan [Soprano Vocal] Hamilton,  Manfredo Kraemer,  Balázs Maté,  Luca Guglielmi  ... 
    Conductor:  Manfredo Kraemer
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  • 22.
    Francesco Germiniani: Concerti Grossi & La Follia
    Label: Rewind   Catalog: 521 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Geminiani
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
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    The Argo Years / Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002081902 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli  ... 
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    The Baroque Virtuoso / Lamon, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Tafelmusik Media   Catalog: 1026 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Francesco Geminiani,  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanne Lamon
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
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    Corelli's Legacy / Minasi, European Union Baroque Orchestra
    Label: K & K Verlagsanstalt   Catalog: 110 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
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