A Flamboyant Sonata from an Italian Mad Head

Bach BWV 529-1
© Charles Thibo

There’s nothing like a good book plenty of things I didn’t know yet. The biography on Luigi Boccherini I recently read is such a book. First of all it makes an excellent read on a sunny autumn day – I know I am obsessed by sunny autumn days. Second I learnt an awful lot of details about Boccherini’s interesting life in Europe’s cultural capitals. And finally I discovered a whole range of Italian composers, contemporaries of Boccherini, that I had never heard of before. Composers like Francesco Maria Veracini, who composed the Sonata in B-Flat Major No. 2 which I will present today.

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