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Joseph Hector Fiocco

Joseph-Hector Fiocco (20 January 1703 – 21 June 1741), born in Brussels, was a composer and Harpsichordist of the late Baroque period.

His father, the Italian composer Pietro Antonio Fiocco, and one of his older step-brother Jean-Joseph Fiocco gave him much of his musical education.

He also learned Greek and Latin well enough to be able to become a schoolteacher in both those subjects.

Joseph Hector Fiocco worked under his step-brother’s direction at the Ducal Chapel of the Notre-Dame du Sablon most sources cite sometime before 1730. In 1730, Joseph Hector became sous-maitre (submaster) of the Notre-Dame du Sablon, He did not keep this position for long he resigned in 1731 to become sangmeester (choirmaster) at Antwerp Cathedral.

At the cathedral of Antwerp (1731–37) he was in charge of the music. In 1737 he returned to his birthplace and worked in the collegiate church of St. Michel and Ste Gudule. He died in Brussels. (38 years old).

In connection with his cathedral employment, Fiocco wrote many choral works, including motets and Mass settings. Some of his most significant compositions are Lamentations du Jeudi Saint, a Missa solemnis and Pièces de Clavecin. His two suites for harpsichord were dedicated to the Duke of Arenberg, and they incorporate French and Italian styles. The first suite begins in the style of Couperin and ends with four Italian-style movements: Adagio, Allegro, Andante, and Vivace. He is also known to Suzuki violin students for his Allegro, which is part of the Book Six Suzuki violin repertoire (and has been recorded by Itzhak Perlman, among others). This piece has also been arranged for string quartet, and is sometimes heard at weddings.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 20th, 1703 (Brussels metropolitan area), Died June 21st, 1741 (Brussels metropolitan area)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBVE-42091 10-in. 3/14/1928 Allegro Yehudi Menuhin Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor [Trial 1928-02-15-02] 10-in. 2/15/1928 Allegro Yehudi Menuhin Violin solo, with piano composer  
Brunswick DB80-1 10-in. 10/3/1928 Allegro C. Brosa Violin solo, with piano composer  


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