Luigi Boccherini

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  
(Results 1-25 of 29 records)

Citation

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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