Ridolfo Luigi Boccherini (, also US: , Italian: [riˈdɔlfo luˈiːdʒi bokkeˈriːni] (listen); February 19, 1743 – May 28, 1805) was an Italian composer and cellist of the Classical era whose music retained a courtly and galante style even while he matured somewhat apart from the major European musical centers. He is best known for a minuet from his String Quintet in E, Op. 11, No. 5 (G 275), and the Cello Concerto in B flat major (G 482). The latter work was long known in the heavily altered version by German cellist and prolific arranger Friedrich Grützmacher, but has recently been restored to its original version.
Boccherini also composed several guitar quintets, including the "Fandango", which was influenced by Spanish music. His biographer Elisabeth Le Guin noted among Boccherini's musical qualities "an astonishing repetitiveness, an affection for extended passages with fascinating textures but virtually no melodic line, an obsession with soft dynamics, a unique ear for sonority, and an unusually rich palette of introverted and mournful affects." Many of his other biographers and admirers see his music quite differently and in a much more appreciated light.
Birth and Death Data: Born February 19th, 1743 (Lucca), Died May 28th, 1805 (Madrid)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1901 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 29 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]596||7-in.||1/7/1901||Boccherini's minuet||Moereman's Woodwind Quartet||Woodwind quartet||composer|
|Victor||B-811||10-in.||12/10/1903||Boccherini's minuet||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||A-811||7-in.||12/10/1903||Boccherini's minuet||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-8192||10-in.||9/1/1909||Minuet||Victor String Quartet||String quartet||composer|
|Victor||C-13727||12-in.||9/8/1913||Minuet||Maud Powell||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-14026||10-in.||11/3/1913||Minuet||Florentine Quartet||Instrumental quartet||composer|
|Victor||B-14159||10-in.||12/9/1913||Minuétto||Vessella's Italian Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-17753||10-in.||5/29/1916||Minuet||Fritz Kreisler||Violin solo, with string quartet||composer|
|Victor||B-25943||10-in.||1/9/1922||Minuet||Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36125||10-in.||8/23/1926||Menuet célèbre||Hart House String Quartet||String quartet||composer|
|Victor||BVE-37895||10-in.||4/13/1927||Minuet||Victor Concert Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CVE-47988||12-in.||5/4/1929||Minuet||Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-57613||10-in.||11/12/1929||Minuet||Stradivarius Quartet||String quartet||composer|
|Victor||[Trial 1912-11-11-01]||Not documented||11/11/1912||Minuet||Mr. R. Bain||Whistling solo||composer|
|Victor||[Trial 1920-11-10-04]||Not documented||11/10/1920||Menuet||The New York Chamber Music Society, Inc.||String quartet||composer|
|Columbia||46376||10-in.||2/2/1916||Minuet||Frank Gittelson ; Charles Adams Prince||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||48710||12-in.||4/19/1916||Sonata in A major : Allegro||Charles Albert Baker ; Pablo Casals||Cello solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||49709||12-in.||11/29/1919||Menuett||Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra ; Eugène, Ysaÿe||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||6176||12-in.||approximately 1911||Minuet antique||Ellery Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||6695||12-in.||approximately 1915||Rondo||Hamilton Harty ; W. H. Squire||Cello solo, with piano||composer|
|Brunswick||E31906||10-in.||Jan. 1930||Minuet||Rosita Renard||Piano solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E19305-E19307||12-in.||5/18/1926||Minuet||New York String Quartet||String quartet||composer|
|Brunswick||E20346-E20347||10-in.||10/6/1926||Minuet||New York String Quartet||String quartet||composer|
|Brunswick||E20520-E20521||10-in.||10/26/1926||Minuet||New York String Quartet||String quartet||composer|
|Brunswick||E20858-E20859½||10-in.||12/2/1926||Minuet||New York String Quartet||String quartet||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Boccherini, Luigi," accessed December 7, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102529.
Boccherini, Luigi. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 7, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102529.
"Boccherini, Luigi." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 7 December 2021.
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