Antonio Lotti

Antonio Lotti Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
  • Died
    5th January 1740
  • Birthplace
    Venice, Italy

Antonio Lotti was an Italian composer of classical music. Lotti was born in Venice, although his father Matteo was Kapellmeister at Hanover at the time. In 1682, Lotti began studying with Lodovico Fuga and Giovanni Legrenzi, both of whom were employed at St Mark's Basilica, Venice's principal church. Lotti made his career at St Mark's, first as an alto singer (from 1689), then as assistant to the second organist, then as second organist (from 1692), then (from 1704) as first organist, and finally (from 1736) as maestro di cappella, a position he held until his death. He also wrote music for, and taught at, the Ospedale degli Incurabili. In 1717 he was given leave to go to Dresden, where a number of his operas were produced, including Giove in Argo, Teofane and Li quattro elementi (all with librettos by Antonio Maria Luchini). He returned to Venice in 1719 and remained there until his death in 1740. Lotti wrote in a variety of forms, producing masses, cantatas, madrigals, around thirty operas, and instrumental music. His sacred choral works are often unaccompanied (a cappella). His work is considered a bridge between the established Baroque and emerging Classical styles. Lotti is thought to have influenced Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, and Johann Dismas Zelenka, all of whom had copies of Lotti's mass, Missa Sapientiae.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Vere languores nostros Chorale Choir
Vexilla Regis Chorale Choir
Air Duet Solo Instrument and Piano
12 Madrigali a due voci Madrigal Voice(s) and Piano
Duetti, terzetti, e madrigali a più voci Madrigal Choir
Alessandro Severo Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Giove in Argo Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Polidoro Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Instruments
Teofane Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Crucifixus a 8 voci Sacred Mass Choir
Crucifixus a 10 voci Sacred Mass Choir
Gloria in excelsis Deo Sacred Mass Solo voice(s)
Magnificat in C major Sacred Mass Voice(s) and Instruments
Mass in A major Sacred Mass Solo voice(s)
Mass in C major Sacred Mass Choir and Instrument
Miserere Sacred Mass Choir
Missa octavi toni Sacred Mass Choir
Missa pro Defunctis Sacred Mass Choir
Missa sexti toni Sacred Mass Choir
Missae Sacred Mass Solo voice(s)