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After his early youth as a violinist and composition student in Rome, PIETRO LOCATELLI traveled through Italy and Germany from 1723 to 1728, composing most of his concert compositions during this period. A notice about one of Locatelli’s performances at court describes the musician’s self-assurance and his gorgeous, diamond-studded clothes. In 1729 Locatelli moved to Amsterdam, where he stayed until his death. His sparsely documented public and semi-public performances were open only to music lovers, not to professional musicians. An Englishman who heard him in 1741 wrote “he is so afraid of People Learning from him, that He won’t admit a Professed Musician into his Concert”. Some rich music lovers, who would play as amateurs with Locatelli, helped him to become affluent. In aristocratic circles he was a recognized, admired and supported virtuoso and composer. In 1741 he set up a business selling violin strings from his home, eventually earning the highest income of any musician from Amsterdam.


University of Utah Dumke Recital Hall


Sonata in G Minor, Op. 6, No. 12 - Pietro Locatelli; Pieces from Romeo & Juliet, Ballet Op. 64 - Sergei Prokofiev/Boriosovsky; Hebrew Melodies, Impressions of Byron's Poems, Op. 9 - Joseph Joachim; Sonata for Viola & Piano, (1942) - Arthur Benjamin

Performance Date

Fall 10-16-2016


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viola, piano, concert compositions, guest artist recital



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