Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    4th January 1710
  • Died
    17th March 1736
  • Birthplace
    Iesi, Italy

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi was an Italian composer. Born at Iesi, Pergolesi studied music there under a local musician, Francesco Santini, before going to Naples in 1725, where he studied under Gaetano Greco and Francesco Feo among others. He spent most of his brief life working for aristocratic patrons like the Colonna principe di Stigliano, and duca Marzio IV Maddaloni Carafa. Pergolesi was one of the most important early composers of opera buffa (comic opera). His opera seria, Il prigionier superbo, contained the two act buffa intermezzo, La Serva Padrona (The Servant Mistress, August 28, 1733), which became a very popular work in its own right. When it was performed in Paris in 1752, it prompted the so-called Querelle des Bouffons ("quarrel of the comic actors") between supporters of serious French opera by the likes of Jean-Baptiste Lully and Jean-Philippe Rameau and supporters of new Italian comic opera. Pergolesi was held up as a model of the Italian style during this quarrel, which divided Paris's musical community for two years.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Tre giorni son che Nina Aria / Arietta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Orfeo Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Segreto tormento Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Flute Concerto in G major Concerto Chamber group
La serva padrona Intermezzi Voice(s) and Orchestra
Livietta e Tracollo Intermezzi Voice(s) and Orchestra
Adriano in Siria Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Il Flaminio Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
L'Olimpiade Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Allegro in E major Piece Piano
Mass in D major Sacred Mass Choir and Instrument
Salve regina in C minor Sacred Mass Voice(s) and Instruments
Salve Regina in E minor Sacred Mass Voice(s) and Instruments
Salve regina in F minor Sacred Mass Voice(s) and Instruments
Stabat mater Sacred Mass Voice(s) and Instruments
Verbum Christi di croce Sacred Mass Choir and Orchestra
Harpsichord Sonata in A major Sonata Piano
Harpsichord Sonata in D major Sonata Piano
Organ Sonata in F major Sonata Organ
Chi non ode, e chi non vede Song Cycle Voice(s) and Instruments