Venetian composer and performer Baldassare Galuppi ('Il Buranello') was born on the island of Burano (hence the nickname) on 18 October 1706. He studied with Lotti and became Maestro di musica at the Ospedale dei Mendicanti. He wrote opere serie for the King's Theatre in London, ran the music at St Mark's in Venice, turned to opera buffa - teaming up with playwright Carlo Goldoni and earning another nickname, 'The father of comic opera' - and worked in the chapel of Catherine the Great in Russia. He played keyboard instruments and also wrote much sacred music.
Galuppi died in Venice on 3 January 1785, aged seventy-eight. His works were, variously, forgotten, destroyed and lost at the end of the eighteenth century, until being redescovered at the end of the twentieth century.
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