Biography of Bernardo Pasquini
Organist at S. Maria Maggiore and S. Maria in Aracoeli in Rome, and later an employee of the Borghese family, Pasquini was a musician of great renown: many foreign musicians (including Muffat) came to Rome to hear him play and study with him. We have been left a large body of compositions diverse in genre: from opera, to the sacred vocal works (oratorios) and the profane. There are four volumes of his major compositions for keyboard (organ and harpsichord) that mark the transition to the eighteenth-century style. The Toccata for Organ with the cuckoo joke and its variations on the Aria della Follia is particularly famous.
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