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Composed by Pasquale Anfossi (Taggia 1727 - Rome 1797). Arranged by Fabrizio Brezzo. Baroque Period. Score. 19 pages. Published by Fabrizio Brezzo (S0.587783).
Item Number: S0.587783
Pasquale Anfossi (5 April 1727 – February 1797) was an Italian opera composer. Born in Taggia, Liguria, he studied with Niccolò Piccinni and Antonio Sacchini, and worked mainly in London, Venice and Rome.
He wrote more than 80 operas, both opera seria and opera buffa, although he concentrated on church music, especially oratorios, during his last years. Anfossi died in Rome in 1797.
As an operatic composer, Anfossi remained forgotten for a long time, despite his great popularity with his contemporaries, because his works were overshadowed by those of Salieri, Rossini and Mozart. Nevertheless, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe staged Anfossi's farsetta La maga Circe (Circe, the Sorceress) in his role as the theatre director of Weimar. He adapted the libretto with Christian August Vulpius and also made plans for a continuation, which never came to bear.
Only in the last 20 years has Anfossi's work been appreciated anew, through diverse productions such as Giuseppe riconosciuto. His work was featured at the 2005 Salzburg Summer Festival.
Fabrizio Brezzo, this arranger, lives in Taggia, the town where Anfossi was born.
In the second half of this symphony, you can hear the theme that Mozart used, 9 years later, for his "Confutatis maledictis" of the requiem mass.
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