Giovanni Pergolesi

Giovanni Pergolesi

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An Italian composer known for comic opera as well as sacred and secular vocal music. In his short life, Pergolesi managed to establish a style of beautiful melodies accompanied by a clear orchestra of harmonic tensions, as in the breathtaking Stabat Mater, with its slow build of emotion accomplished apparently by the simplest means (in the centuries following Pergolesi's death, some composers attempted to beef up his lovely music by adding huge, pretentious orchestras). The Stab... Read more

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