Francesco Gasparini (1661 – 1727) was an Italian
Baroque composer and teacher whose works were performed
throughout Italy, and also on occasion in Germany and
England. Born in Camaiore, near Lucca, he studied in
Rome with Corelli and Pasquini. His first important
opera, Roderico (1694), was produced there. In 1702 he
went to Venice and became one of the leading composers
in the city. In 1720 he returned to Rome for his last
important work, Tigrane (1724). He wrote the first
opera using the story of Hamlet (Ambleto, 1705) though
this was not based on Shakespeare's play.
Gasparini was also a teacher, the instructor of
Marcello, Quantz and Domenico Scarlatti. He was musical
director of the Ospedale della Pietŕ, where he employed
Antonio Vivaldi as a violin master. He wrote a treatise
on the harpsichord (1708). At one time, Metastasio was
betrothed to his daughter. He died in Rome in 1727
Although originally composed for Voice (SB), I created
this Interpretation of "Panis Angelicus": Motet from
"l'Elevatione da sonarsi col registro della voce umana"
for Oboe & Bassoon.