Valentini, Giuseppe , Italian violinist and composer; b. Florence, c. 1680; d. after 1759. He was at Rome in 1700. He was in the service of Prince Francesco Maria Ruspoli as a violinist, c. 1708-13 , and may then have been at Bologna in the service of the Prince di Caserta. From 1735 he was at the grand-ducal court of Florence. His violin technique was highly developed (some compositions call for the 6thposition).
dramatic: Opera: La finta rapita (Cisterna, 1714; in collaboration with N. Romaldi and G. Cesarini); La costanza in amore (Cisterna, 1715). Oratorios and Cantatas: La superbia punita in Absahne (Rome, 1705); Oratorio per l’assunzione della beata vergine (Rome, 1730); Cantata da recitarsi nel palazzo apostolico la notte del santissimo natale (Rome, 1733); Cantata per la nativita della beata vergine (Rome, 1746); Nell’amoroso foco,cantata for Soprano, 2 Violins, and Basso Continuo. INSTRUMENTAL (all publ. in Rome unless otherwise given): (12) Sinfoniefor 2 Violins, Cello, and Bass (1701); (7) Bizzarrie per camerafor 2 Violins and Violone or Harpsichord (1703); (12) Fantasie musicalifor 2 Violins and Violone or Harpsichord (1706); (7) Idee per camerafor Violin and Violone or Harpsichord (1706-07); (12) Villeggiature armonichefor 2 Violins and Cello or Basso Continuo (1707); Rime varie (not extant); (12) Concerti grossifor 2 or 4 Violins, Viola, and Cello Concertino or 2 Violins and Bass (Bologna, 1710); (12) Allettamenti per camerafor Violin and Cello or Harpsichord (1714); X concertifor 2 Violins and Bass Concertino and 2 Violins, Viola, and Bass (Amsterdam, 1724); several concertos in contemporary collections.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire