Franceschini, Petronio, Italian composer; b. Bologna, c. 1650; d. Venice, Dec. 18?, 1680. His brother was the painter M.A. Franceschini. After studies with Lorenzo Perti, he completed his training with Giuseppe Corsi in Rome. He was one of the first members of the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna, and was its principe in 1673. He served as a cellist at the Cathedral (1675–80) and as maestro di cappella at the Arciconfraternita di S. Maria della Morte (1679–80) in Bologna.
DRAMATIC Opera : Le gare di Sdegno, d’Amore e di Gelosia (Bologna, 1674); L’Oronte di Menfi (Bologna, Jan. 10, 1676); Arsinoe (Bologna, Dec. 26, 1676); Apollo in Tessaglia (Bologna, May 27, 1679); Dionisio, overo La virtù trionfante del vitio (Venice, Jan. 12, 1681; Act 1 by Franceschini; completed byG. Partenio). S a c r e d: 2 oratorios: La vittima generosa (Bologna, March 6, 1679) and Gefte (Ferrara, 1679); masses; Magnificat; motets; Psalms. CHAMBER: Sonata for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo (1680); Sonata a 7 for 2 Trumpets, Strings, Trombone, Organ, and Theorbo (ed. by E. Tarr, London, 1968).
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