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Giacomo Puccini (sr.)
1712 - 1781
Italy
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G. Pucinni sr.
Giacomo Puccini (sr.) (1712 - 05/1781), an Italian composer of mainly operas, born in Lucca.

(Don't confuse this Giacomo Puccini with the Giacomo Puccini, the great 19th/20th century composer of Tosca and Madama Butterfly.)
Source:Grove's dictionary of music and musicians
Messa di requiem
Period:Classicism
Composed in:1760c
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Duration:53'16''
Label(s):Arte Nova 74321 98497 2
Messa di requiem contains:
01. Requiem
02. Kyrie
03. Dies irae
04. Quantus tremor
05. Tuba mirum
06. Mors stupebit
07. Liber scriptus
08. Rex tremendae
09. Juste judex
10. Qui Mariam absolvisti
11. Preces meae
12. Confutatis
13. Oro supplex
14. Lacrimosa
15. Domine Jesu Christi
16. Hostias et preces tibi
17. Sanctus
18. Benedictus 19. Agnus Dei
20. Lux aeterna
Source:booklet of cd Arte Nova 74321 98497 2
Requiem for 8 voices, strings and basso continuo. Length: 53'16.
The music of Giacomo Puccini "the elder" reflects, in a fascinating yet surprising way, many different styles simultaneously. This can be seen in his eight-part Requiem where he is not only a master of double contrapuntal fugues, wherein the melody line and 'soggetti' always mirror the sense of the text. Moreover, Puccini fits his polyphonic lines into an overall structure of two choral groups and orchestra. In contrast to these tutti sections, the solo's and duet's are composed either as a brillant 'concertante' movement or as typical 'galant' piece dominated by flourishing melodic lines which were in fashion in early Classical music. The Requiem ends with an "Agnus Dei" where Puccini employs a great variety of contrapuntal techniques above a 'Cantus Firmus' (the Gregorian chant melody) in the bass parts. With his ability to write in any style, ancient or modern, Puccini seemed to keep but one aesthetical ideal: that of expression, which his pupil Boccherini once described as: "La musica senza affetti, e passioni, insignificante" ("Music without emotions and passions is useless"). In this respect Puccini exhibits sheer endless inventiveness both in his harmonies, which include daring chromaticism, and melodic writing.
Author:Joachim Fontaine