Sunday, April 12, 2009


Pietro Nardini was an Italian violinist and composer born on April 12, 1722 (JS Bach was 37 years old.) As a young child, he studied with the more famous Tartini. He was good enough to earn praise from Leopold Mozart, though he never became an impressive virtuoso. In 1770, he became Kapellmeister to the Grand Duke of Tuscany in Florence. He was not a prolific composer, his most popular work being the Concerto in E minor, recorded by Zukerman a few years ago. Nardini died in May, 1793 (Wolfgang Mozart had been dead two years already.)

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