Bruni, Antonio Bartolomeo

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Bruni, Antonio Bartolomeo

Bruni, Antonio Bartolomeo, Italian violinist and composer; b. Cuneo, Jan. 28, 1757; d. there, Aug. 5, 1821. He studied with Pugnani in Turin. In 1780 he went to Paris, and on May 15, 1780, appeared as a violinist at the Concert Spirituel; then served as a member of the orch. of the Comédie-Italienne (1781–89). He was subsequently director of the orch. of the Opéra-Comique (1799–1801); then at the Opéra-Italienne (1801–6). He wrote 22 operas, of which the most successful were Celestine (Paris, Oct. 15, 1787), Claudine (Paris, March 6, 1794), and La Rencontre en voyage (Paris, April 28, 1798). He also wrote music for the violin, and publ, methods for both violin and viola (the latter reprinted in 1928).


G. Cesari, H. Closson, L. de La Laurencie, A. Della Corte, and C. Zino, A.B. B., musicista cunéese (Turin, 1931).

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