Gaetano Pugnani

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Legal name: Giulio Gaetano Gerolamo Pugnani

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Gaetano Pugnani (27 November 1731 – 15 July 1798, full name: Giulio Gaetano Gerolamo Pugnani) was born in Turin. He trained on the violin under Giovanni Battista Somis. In 1752, Pugnani became the first violinist of the Royal Chapel of Turin. Then he went on a large tour that granted him great fame for his extraordinary skill on the violin. In 1754, he was very well received at the Concert Spirituel in Paris, but in 1768 he had an even more successful musical encounter in London, directing the King's Theatre from 1767 to 1769.

In 1770, Pugnani returned home to Turin and became the director of the Royal Chapel. His fame as a composer began to grow, but it would never equal his fame as a violinist. During this time, he also taught the violin. His most famous pupil was Giovanni Battista Viotti; from 1780 to 1782 they performed in Switzerland, Dresden, Warsaw and St. Petersburg. Pugnani died in Turin.

Fritz Kreisler borrowed Pugnani's name in order to publish some of his pieces (such as Praeludium and Allegro and Tempo di Minuetto), but in 1935 Kreisler revealed that these works were actually his own.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1992 The complete solo Columbia recordings Georges Enesco, Yehudi Menuhin, Hephzibah Menuhin 1
1995 Aubade 古澤巌 1
2004 From the Music Collection of Anders Chydenius The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Juha Kangas, Mikael Helasvuo, The Kokkola Quartet 1
Înregistrări istorice George Enescu 2
Suzuki Violin School, Volume 8 (feat. violin: Koji Toyoda) Suzuki Method International 1

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2007 Italian Baroque Flute Music (baroque flute, recorder: Hans-Martin Linde, violins: Herbert Höver & Jan Kupsky, viola da gamba: Michael Jappe, & harpsichord, organ: Edouard Müller) Compilation Various Artists 1

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1993 Italian Baroque Favourites Various Artists 2

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