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Italian baroque composer and teacher Francesco Gasparini was born at Camaiore near Lucca on 19 March 1668. He studied in Rome with Corelli and Pasquini and wrote his first important opera, Roderico, there.
Moving to Venice in 1702 he established himself as one of the city's leading composers. Significant works are the opera Ambleto and the Missa Canonica (both of 1705).
Gasparini returned to Rome in 1720 for Tigrane (1724), his last important work, and died there on 22 March 1727, aged fifty-nine, leaving over sixty operas.