Boring concerts in muffled halls? Of course not.
Many cartoon characters have moved to the notes of his famous minuet.
In 2003 we see him appear with the poignant violins and the Adagio del Quintetto op.30 n° 6 - La Musica Notturna delle strade di Madrid from the soundtrack of Master & Commander a film directed by Peter Weir.
In 2009 italian singer Angelo Branduardi dedicated an interpretation of the same piece to him in the piece La Tempesta.
He is Luigi Boccherini.
Luigi Boccherini (Lucca 1743- Madrid 1805) was born into a family of musicians and immediately introduced into the musical environment. His father, a double bass player, taught him the first lessons on the cello instrument. The exceptional skills of the boy are so evident that in 1751 he took part as white voice in the solemn musical service that every year celebrates the traditional Feast of Santa Croce.
After a period in Rome, Boccherini returned to Lucca to continue his studies and made his debut as a solo cello player in the Monastery of San Domenico. In 1764 he was the first cellist in the Cappella di Palazzo and founded with other musicians, Manfredi, Nardini and Cambini, the first stable quartet historically established.
With the quartet and the soloist Manfredi, violinist, Boccherini gave numerous concerts in Italy and other European countries. He then began a period of travel abroad and different experiences that brought him to France, Vienna and Spain. In 1768 he moved definitively to Madrid with his friend and colleague Manfredi at the invitation of the Spanish ambassador in Paris, leaving his hometown for good.
The symphonies, in particular, are among his most successful and appreciated works, still today. Solidly built and full of a typical Italian melody vein, never sentimental, they are among the first valid examples of this genre that he is finding, just in those years, its enhancement.
A victim of uncertain times, she spent her last years in the darkest misery, struck by a serious circulatory disease.
Afflicted by the loss of three daughters and his second wife Luigi Boccherini died on 28 May 1805 and since 1927 his remains have been in the Church of San Francesco, in Lucca.
Lucca has never forgotten him and his artistic greatness recognizing his merits and counting him among the glories of the city. In fact, the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali, one of the oldest music schools in Italy located in the historical centre of Lucca, is dedicated to Luigi Boccherini.
If you want to listen to his music live, in his hometown, keep an eye on the program of the festival "the eighteenth century music in Lucca" and "Lucca Classica Musica".
If you want to try your hand at the dances of the eighteenth century in costume, contact the Laboratiorio Brunier.