Alessandro Salvolini (1700ca.-1770ca.)
Missa Defunctorum - Missa brevis - Missa in D - Sacred Works
Alessandro Salvolini, often cited and praised as a composer, conductor and organizer in all of the important musical events which took place in the city of Ravenna between 1723 and 1760. We know from the chronicles that his compositions included countless oratories, celebratory and sacred cantatas, masses, motets, and pieces composed for specific occasions: in short, all the music that a city might need (with the exception of opera, generally considered an ill-suited genre for a clergyman). As often happens, unfortunately, very little of this enormous production has survived. The first works to have disappeared are the occasional pieces, considered unworthy of preservation. The cantatas and oratories are instead extant only as librettos, without a note of music. Salvolini’s compositions for the Office have, however, survived: masses, motets (incomplete), and hymns written while he was maestro di cappella at the Duomo.