Giovanni Battista Martini

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Martini, Giovanni Battista


(Padre Martini). Born Apr. 24, 1706, in Bologna; died there Oct. 4, 1784. Italian music theorist and historian, teacher, composer, choir director, singer, violinist, and harpsichordist. Franciscan monk.

Martini was a member and director of the Philharmonic Academy in Bologna. His principal theoretical work is Pattern, or Fundamental Practical Outline of Counterpoint (vols. 1-2, 1774-75). He wrote the History of Music (vols. 1-3, 1757-81), the first such work. His history deals only with ancient Greek and Roman music. Martini composed oratorios, works for organ and for harpsichord, vocal duets, and choruses with instrumental accompaniment. The musical world of 18th-century Italy centered on Martini. The conservatory and city library in Bologna are named after him.

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Carteggio inedito del P Giambattista Martini coi piu celebri musicisti del suo tempo: Volume 1, Bologna: Zanichelli 1888; reprint Bologna: Forni, 1969.
Vincent Duckles, "The Revival of Early Music in 18th-Century Italy: Observations on the Correspondence between Girolamo Chiti and Padre Giambattista Martini," Revue belge de Musicologie 26/27 (1972-73): 14-24; Giancarlo Rostirolla, "La corrispondenza fra Martini e Girolamo Chiti: una fonte preziosa per la conoscenza del settecento musicale italiano," in Padre Martini: musica e cultura nel Settecento europeo, ed.
This comes through strongly in Elisabetta Pasquini's "Padre Giambattista Martini as music collector" (p.