Manfredini, Francesco Onofrio

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Manfredini, Francesco Onofrio

Manfredini, Francesco Onofrio, Italian violinist and composer, father of Vincenzo Manfredini; b. Pistoia (baptized), June 22, 1684; d. there, Oct. 6, 1762. He studied violin with Torelli and counterpoint with Perti in Bologna, then went to Ferrara (e. 1699), where he was made 1st violinist at the Church of the Holy Spirit. He then entered the orch. of S. Petronio in Bologna (1704), and also became a member of the Accademia Filarmonica in that city. He subsequently was maestro di cappella at St. Philip’s Cathedral in Pistoia (1727–62).

Works

(12) Concertini per camera for Violin, and Cello or Theorbo, op.l (Bologna, 1704); (12) Sinfonie da chiesa for 2 Violins, Basso Continuo (Organ), and Viola ad libitum, op.2 (Bologna, 1709); (12) Concerti for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo obbligato and 2 Violins, Viola, and Bass, op.3 (Bologna, 1718); 6 Sonatas for 2 Violins, Cello, and Basso Continuo (Harpsichord) (London, c. 1764); 6 oratorios.

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