Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785)

Born on the Venetian harbor island of Burano, Baldassare Galuppi was among the most important composers of the eighteenth century opera seria and a central figure in the development of the dramma giocoso. Early in his career, Galuppi held a position teaching and composing at the Ospedale dei Medicanti in Venice. He spent approximately eighteen months in London between October 1741 and May 1743 supervising the production of at
least eleven of his operas. Upon his return to Venice, Galuppi played a pivotal role in adapting the newly-arrived Neopolitan comic opera style to northern Italian tastes, thus assuring its success in Venice. He was elected vicemaestro at the Basilica of San Marco in 1748, and for the next three years his dual roles at the Medicanti and the Basilica resulted in a huge output of liturgical music, most of it, tragically, lost today.


Galuppi’s opera-related engagements forced him to resign his post at the Medicanti in 1751, though he remained active at San Marco, and in April of 1762 he was unanimously appointed maestro di coro there. Later that year, he would also be appointed maestro di coro at the Ospedale degli Incurabili. With the exception of a three-year period (1765 to 1768) composing operas for the court of Catherine the Great in St. Petersburg, Galuppi would continue to hold the position at San Marco until shortly before his death.

Domine ad adjuvandum me, 1762

Chorus SATB; winds, strings, continuo

Short Domine ad adjuvandum me setting for SATB chorus, 2 oboes, 2 trumpets, strings, and continuo.
Approximately 4 minutes in length.

  • Orchestral Score: $25.00

  • Choral Octavo: $2.50

  • Set of Parts: $20.00

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Domine ad adjuvandum me, 1778

Soli SA, Chorus SATB; winds, strings, continuo

Short Domine ad adjuvandum me setting for soprano and alto soloists, SATB chorus, 2 oboes, 2 horns, strings, and continuo.
Approximately 3 minutes in length.

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  • Choral Octavo: $2.50

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Laudate Pueri, 1751

Soli SA, Chorus SATB; winds, strings, continuo

Extended setting of Psalm 113, scored for soprano and alto soloists, SATB Chorus, 2 oboes, 2 horns (replaced with trumpets in one movement), strings, and continuo. Approximately 20 minutes in length.

I. Coro, Laudate pueri Dominum (6:35); II. Due, A solis ortu (4:40); III. Coro, Quis sicut Dominus (3:05); IV. Coro, Suscitans a terra inopem (2:00); V. Canto, Qui habitare (3:40); VI. Alto, Gloria Patri (4:00); VII. Coro, Sicut erat in principio (3:00)

  • Orchestral Score: $60.00

  • Vocal Score: $8.00

  • Set of Parts: $40.00

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