Bonporti, Francesco Antonio

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Bonporti, Francesco Antonio

Bonporti, Francesco Antonio, Italian composer; b. Trento (baptized), June 11, 1672; d. Padua, Dec. 19, 1748. He studied theology in Innsbruck and Rome. In 1695 he returned to Trento, where he was ordained a priest and served as a cleric at the Cathedral. He publ. 3 sets of 10 trio sonatas each (Venice, 1696, 1698, and 1703); 10 sonatas for Violin and Bass (Venice, 1707); 10 “concerti a 4” and 5 “concertini” for Violin and Bass; 6 motets for Soprano, Violin, and Bass. He also wrote 2 sets of minuets (50 in each set), which are lost. Four of his “invenzioni” were mistaken for Bach’s works and were included in the Bachgesellschaft ed. (XLV, part 1, p. 172). Henry Eccles publ, the fourth of these pieces as his own, incorporating it in his Violin Sonata No. 11.

Bibliography

G. Barblan, Un Musicista trentino, F.A. B.(Florence, 1940); G. Barblan, ed., FA. B. nel 3 centenario della nascita (Trent, 1972); L. Feininger, F.A. B.: Catalogus thematicus operum omnium (Trent, 1975).

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