Benedetto Marcello

Italian composer Benedetto Marcello was born in Venice on either 31 July or 1 August 1686. He studied with Antonio Lotti and Francesco Gasparini, then managed to combine a career in law and public service - he was also a magistrate and district governor - with that of composer.

Known best for his Estro poetico-armonico (1724-7), he also wrote cantatas, concertos, duets, madrigals, masses, oratorios, sinfonias, sonatas and theatre works.

His brother Alessandro Marcello was also a composer.

Benedetto Marcello suffered from ill health, and died from tuberculosis on 24 July 1739, aged fifty-two.


A selection of articles about Benedetto Marcello

Ensemble. Airborne Twice - Giuseppe Pennisi attends a cello and piano recital unexpectedly

Ensemble. Woman for all Seasons - Gerald Fenech returns to Festival Maribor in Slovenia

Record Box. Virtuosic Turns - Solo sonatas by Benedetto Marcello, reviewed by Gerald Fenech