Battistini, Gaudenzio, Italian composer, grandson of Giacomo Battistini; b. Novara, June 30, 1722; d. there, Feb. 25, 1800. He succeeded his father, Giuseppe Battistini, in 1747 as organist of the chapel of S. Gaudenzio in Novara, and served for more than 50 years until his death. He wrote numerous church works in a highly developed polyphonic style. A biographical sketch and examples of his music are found in Vito Fedeli, Le cappelle musicali di Novara in Vol. III of Istituzioni e monumenti dell’arte musicale italiana (Milan, 1933).
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