born in Frattamaggiore 31st March 1684
died Naples 30th September 1755
Francesco Durante was
a highly respected composer and teacher during the first half of the 18th
century in Naples. He chose to concentrate on sacred music rather than the more
fashionable opera composition favoured by other Neapolitans and his works became
examples of 'good composition' used for teaching.
Durante was primo maestro at the two major
Conservatorii in Naples S Onofrio and S Maria di Loreto
and taught composers ranging from Sacchini to Piccini
and Paisiello. Not a composer of a large quantity of work,
his music exhibits great skill and invention and a dramatic flair
well suited to the style of music he chose to write.
STOP PRESS!! There are now 9 editions of Francesco Durante's music listed at this website with the addition of James Sanderson's edition of Francesco Durante's Litaniae Lauretanae (Litany of Loreto) for SATB coro, violins & continuo:
Source: BL MS R.M.24.a.9.(4) (only source) Durante's masterful a minor setting of the Litaniae Lauretanae is in three parts, and weaves a colourful picture around the words. The structure means that it is possible to perform both with choral and solo forces or with a mixture of the two.
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