Francesco Maria VeraciniItalian Born 01 Feb 1690 Died 31 Oct 1768
Francesco Maria Veracini received instruction from the organist and composer of sacred music at Florence cathedral.
By the time he was eighteen Veracini was composing and contributed an aria to the oratorio Sara in Egitto which included amongst the twenty four contributors works by D. Scarlatti, Orlandini, Casini, Gasparini, Caldara, Mancini and Bitti.
The music unfortunately does not survive.
In 1711 Veracini's decision to leave Florence for Venice marks the beginning of his travels across Europe.
It is possible that also during the stay in Venice the first of many legends surrounding Veracini took place, concerning the meeting of Veracini and the violinist Tartini.
Veracini next turns up in 1714 in London: italians and Italian music were certainly in vogue in London at this time, Geminiani had made his debut and Italian opera performance was dominated by Handel.
Veracini left London late in 1714 and moved to Dusseldorf.
Here he dedicated an oratorio Mose al mar rosso to Elector Johann Wilhelm in 1715.
By 1716 however he was back in Venice, performing his festive overtures, reacquainting himself with and dedicating a set of twelve sonatas for recorder and basso continuo to the Crown Prince Friederich Augustus of Saxony.
Early in 1719 Veracini returned to Italy with the task of securing the services of three more singers for the opera.
Veracini spent the period 1723-1733 in Florence and set about re-establishing his reputation there as a performer and composer.
Much of his work at this time consisted of sacred music: oratorios, a Mass and Te Deum.
In 1739 Veracini returned to Florence where his uncle, wife and mother had all died in his absence.
In 1745 Veracini left London and returned to Italy where he remained until his death.
During his last years he became a church musician, he was maestro di capella at the church of San Pancrazio and held the same position at San Michele agli Antinori.Show more