Giovanni Battista Pescetti (Venice, ca. 1704 ? Venice, March 20, 1766) was an organist and composer. Born in Venice around 1704, he studied under Antonio Lotti for some time. Having spent some time writing operas in and around Venice, he left for London in 1736, becoming director of the Opera of the Nobility in 1737.
After having to leave London when hostility arose against Catholic Italians, he returned to Venice in 1745 and became Second Organist at St Mark's.
Pescetti was the teacher of Antonio Salieri (1750-1825) in Venice. Although his output is mainly operas, a considerable amount of Pescetti's compositions were written for harpsichord, some intended to be performed on Pipe Organ, including his Six Sonatas, composed around 1756. Nowadays, his keyboard sonatas are generally performed on a modern piano though various recordings exist that use the intended organ.
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