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Rovelii Pietro - 12 Caprices for violin op.3

Rovelii Pietro - 12 Caprices for violin. You can download the PDF sheet music Rovelii Pietro - 12 Caprices for violin on this page. PIETRO ROVELLI, one of the distinguished violinists of the first years of the nineteenth century, was the product of a number of diverse artistic influences. He came of a family of noted Italian musicians ; he was the pupil of Rudolf Kreutzer, an artist formed in the school of the Stamitzes of Mannheim ; he studied in Paris, and was considered to have modelled his style much on that of Viotti, the great Italian, so much of whose work was done in Paris. Pietro's father, Alessandro, was at one time conductor of the orchestra in Weimar. Another of the family, Giuseppe, was a violoncellist in the service of the court of Parma, where Pietro was born on February 6, 1793. His grandfather, Giovanni Battista Rovelli, was first violin of the orchestra of the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, at Bergamo. Pietro showed precocity of musical talent, which was promptly cultivated by his musical elders. He was put under the tuition of his grandfather, and by the time he was thirteen years old he was travelling as a prodigy through the cities of Italy and Switzerland and arousing widespread admiration.

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An influential music lover, the Senator Alessandri, was impressed by his promise, and sent him to study with the famous Rudolf Kreutzer in Paris, at that time first solo violinist at the Opéra and in the private band of Napoleon. There, too, the young Italian player won much admiration, and he was considered one of Kreutzer's best pupils. When his father, Alessandro, was appointed to the place in Weimar, the son followed him thither ; but he soon set out again for Paris. When he reached Munich, however, he found his further progress blocked by the insistent admiration of that capital. He was promptly made " Royal Bavarian chamber musician " and first concerto player at the Bavarian court, and was loaded with rich gifts. He stayed several years in Munich, his fame increasing continually through the German cities in which he played. He gave a number of Academies " or concerts of his own in Vienna, which were highly successful. While he was visiting the Austrian capital in 1817, he met and married Micheline, an accomplished piano player, daughter of Emmanuel Aloysius Foerster, at that time highly esteemed as a composer. Two years later Rovelli returned to his native city, Bergamo, where he was appointed first violinist of the church, the place his grandfather had held before him, and violin teacher in the music school. But teaching was not to his taste, and he confined himself thereafter to playing solos. He suffered much from bad health, and died on September 8, 1838. Rovelli's playing was considered "simple, expressive, graceful, noble ; on the whole, classical; the kind of playing that wins the heart of the listener' Such was the judgment of the Allge- meine musikalische Zeitung after his death. Rovelli had at least two noted pupils, Molique and Taglichsbeck, both of whom studied with him during his sojourn in Munich. He left a considerable number of compositions that are still highly esteemed by violinists, especially his Caprices; he also wrote several concertos and string quartets.
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