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Francesco Durante

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. 
James Sanderson
Easter, 2005

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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