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Just 1 composer I stumbled upon and had never heard of, but that can no doubt be ignorance.

Pierre Du Mage - french baroque organist 16..? - 17..?

1er Livre D'Orgue -

Plein Jeu



Tierce en Taille (fragment.mp3)

Basse de trompette



Grand Jeu

I like the luscious ornamentation that as far as I know is common in French baroque.

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Referring to J. Lee Graham's question about the Domenico Cimarosa opera

You probably know this but here's a list of opera's he wrote.

Il matrimonio segreto is his best known opera.

Chi dell'altrui si veste presto si spoglia

(1790, Giuseppe Palomba)

Giannina e Bernardone

(1781, Filippo Livigni)

Gli Orazi e i Curiazi

(1797, Segrafi Antonio Simeone Corneille)

I due baroni di Rocca Azzurra

(1783, Giuseppe Palomba)

I tre amanti

(1777, Giuseppe Petrosellini)

Il fanatico burlato

(1787, Domenico Zini)

Il maestro di cappella


Il marito disperato

(1786, Giambattista Lorenzi)

Il matrimonio segreto

(1792, Giovanni Bertati)

Il pittor parigino

(1781, Giuseppe Petrosellini)

L'amor rende sagace

(1793, Giovanni Bertati)

Le astuzie femminili

(1794, Giuseppe Palomba)

Le trame deluse ovvero Li raggiri scovati

(1786, rev. G. Pannain, Diodati Giovanni Maria)

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Wait up!.. I think I found it Lee ..

overture 2mb.mp3

The few bars you posted do resemble the bars 30 sec from the beginning.

Domenico Cimarosa wrote 62 opera's, so not bad ey ;)

uh.. but I could be wrong of course :)

In that case

the list of opera's that dont match is

Il Matrimonio Segreto

Il Fanatico Burlato


Il Maestro Di Capella

Chi dell'altrui si veste presto si spoglia

L'Impresario In Angustie


I'm still checking

Le Astuzie Femminili

Il Pittor Parigino

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Oh my gosh!

Wow...that might be it! :) I could have sworn it was in C major, but I could be wrong...I conducted that overture about 18 years ago. Cimarosa was the kind of guy who might have used the same "stock" devices over and over again in his long and productive career, so I wonder whether that clever little snippet was one such, and it actually exists in yet another overture.

I keep meaning to ask the director of that orchestra, of which I am once again an active member, if he remembers which overture it was, and whether he still has the score. Must do that soon.

One can hear the embryonic Italian opera tradition of the 19th Century in this little overture. It's easy to hear how it all developed through Cherubini, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi, culminating in the likes of Puccini and Leoncavallo.

Thanks for posting that, Artisimo!

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