Giannettini, Antonio

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Giannettini, Antonio

Giannettini, Antonio, Italian organist and composer; b. Fano, 1648; d. Munich, July 12, 1721. He went to Venice and sang bass in the choir of San Marco from 1674. He served as organist at SS. Giovanni e Paolo (1676-79), as well as at San Marco during periods between 1677 and 1686. In 1686 he became maestro di cappella at the Modena court. About 1702 he returned to Venice, and in 1707 he went back to Modena. He composed about 10 operas, of which Medea in Atene (Venice, 1675) became the best known. His other works included 9 oratorios, many cantatas, 12 motets, a Kyrie a 5, and Psalms a 4 with Instruments (Venice, 1717).


E. Luin, A. G. e la musica a Modena alia fine del secolo 17 (Modena, 1931).

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