Bernardi, Bartolomeo, Italian violinist and composer; b. Bologna, c. 1660; d. Copenhagen, May 23, 1732. He received an invitation from the Danish Court to serve as a violinist and composer, and began his work there on Jan. 1, 1703; after an absence of several years (1705–10), he returned to Copenhagen and was appointed director of court music. In Copenhagen he produced 2 operas, II Gige fortunato (Aug. 26, 1703) and Diana e la Fortuna (Oct. 10, 1703); he also wrote an opera, La Libussa, for a production in Prague in 1703; the music of these operas is lost. His trio sonatas were publ. in Bologna (1692, 1696).
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