January 2, 2008
Domenico Gabrieli, who was called the “Meneghino del violoncello“, was born at Bologna, Italy about 1640, and died there about 1690. An excellent ‘cellist, he was for several years maestro at the Church of Saint Petronio, and in 1683 was president (principe) of the Philharmonic Academy at Bologna. He produced nine operas, two at Bologna and seven in Venice. Posthumous publications include “Cantate a voce sola” (1691), “Vexillum pacis” (motets for viola solo, with instrumental accompaniment, 1695), and “Balletti, gighe, correnti e sarabande” for two violins and ‘cello, with basso continuo.