Baldi, João José

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Baldi, João José

Baldi, João José, Portuguese composer; b. Lisbon, 1770; d. there, May 18, 1816. He studied at the Seminário Patriarcal in Lisbon, and in 1789 he became mestre de cápela at Guarda Cathedral. In 1794 he went to Faro Cathedral in a similar capacity, and then returned to Lisbon in 1800 to become second mestre de cápela at the Royal Chapel of Bemposta; he was made first mestre de capela there and at the Lisbon Cathedral in 1806, holding these posts until his death. He composed mostly sacred works, as well as some piano music.

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