Barsanti, Francesco, Italian flutist, oboist, violist, and composer; b. Lucca, c. 1690; d. London, 1772. He was educated at the Univ. of Padua. In 1714 he went to London as an orch. player; after a sojourn in Edinburgh (1735–43), he returned to London. He was an accomplished composer of instrumental music.
(6) Sonate for Recorder or Violin and Bass or Basso Continuo, op.l (London, 1724, 1727); 6 Sonate for Flute and Bass or Basso Continuo, op.2 (London, 1728); (10) Concerti grossi, op.3 (Edinburgh, 1742); 9 overtures, op.4 (Edinburgh, 1743?); 6 Antifone for 5 Voices, op.5 (London, 1750?); 6 Sonatas for 2 Violins, op.6 (London, 1769).
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