Tessarini, Carlo, Italian violinist and composer; b. Rimini, c. 1690; d. probably in Amsterdam, after 1766.He was a follower, if not actually a pupil, of Corelli. By 1720 he was a violinist at San Marco in Venice, and later was concertmaster of the concerts of the Cons. Ss. Giovanni e Paolo (from 1729); was active at the chapel of Urbino Cathedral (from c. 1733). After a sojourn at the court of Cardinal Wolfgang Schrattenbach in Brunn (c. 1735-38), he was again active at Urbino Cathedral until 1744; also made tours as a concert artist in 1739; appeared in the Netherlands in 1747. He was once more active at Urbino Cathedral (1750-57) although he continued to pursue his concert career; subsequently settled in Holland. His violin sonatas, generally in 3 movements, contributed to the establishment of a 3-movement sonata as a norm. He publ. many trio sonatas, duets, concertinos, and concerti grossi, as well as the interesting treatise, Gramática di musica: insegna il modo facile e breve per bene imparare di sonae il violino su la parte (Rome, 1741; Eng. tr., 1765).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire