Lodovico Giustini  
Lodovico Giustini
Lodovico Giustini (12 December 1685 ľ 7 February 1743) was an Italian composer and keyboard player of the late Baroque and early Classical eras. He was the first known composer ever to write music for the piano.

Giustini was born in Pistoia, of a family of musicians which can be traced back to the early 17th century; coincidentally he was born in the same year as Bach, Scarlatti, and Handel. Giustini's father was organist at the Congregazione dello Spirito Santo, a Jesuit-affiliated group, and an uncle, Domenico Giustini, was also a composer of sacred music.
In 1725, on his father's death, Giustini became organist at the Congregazione dello Spirito Santo, and acquired a reputation there as a composer of sacred music: mostly cantatas and oratorios. In 1728 he collaborated with Giovanni Carlo Maria Clari on a set of Lamentations which were performed that year. In 1734 he was hired as organist at S Maria dell'UmiltÓ, the Cathedral of Pistoia, a position he held for the rest of his life. In addition to playing the organ at both religious institutions, he performed on the harpsichord at numerous locations, often in his own oratorios.
Works and influence[edit]

Giustini's main fame rests on his collection of 12 Sonate da cimbalo di piano e forte detto volgarmente di martelletti, opus 1, published in Florence in 1732, which is the earliest music in any genre written specifically for the piano. They are dedicated to Dom Antˇnio de Braganša, the younger brother of King JoŃo V of Portugal (the Portuguese court was one of the few places where the early piano was frequently played).

These pieces, which are sonate da chiesa, with alternating fast and slow sections (four or five movements per sonata), predate all other music specifically written for the piano by about 30 years. Giustini used all the expressive capabilities of the instrument, such as wide dynamic contrast: expressive possibilities which were not available on other keyboard instruments of the time. Harmonically the pieces are transitional between late Baroque and early Classical period practice, and include innovations such as augmented sixth chords and modulations to remote keys.
James Parakilas points out that it is quite surprising that these works should have been published at all. At the time of composition, there existed only a very small number of pianos, owned mainly by royalty. He conjectures that publication of the work was meant as an honor to Giustini; it "represents a gesture of magnificent presentation to a royal musician, rather than an act of commercial promotion."
While many performances of his large-scale sacred works are documented, all of that music is lost, with the exception of fragments such as scattered arias. Giustini's fame rests on his publication of the one set of piano pieces, although they seem to have attracted little interest at the time.

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Sonate frontispiece, 1732.
Lodovico Giustini - Sonata No. 9 in C

Sonata No. 9 in C major, by Lodovico Maria Giustini.

Dedicated to Dom Antˇnio de Braganša

Lodovico Giustini: Suonata I in G minor, for "cimbalo di piano e forte"
Lodovico Giustini di Pistoia (1685-1743)
Sonate di cimbalo di piano e forte detto volgarmente di martelletti...opera prima,
Florence, 1732

I. Balletto: Spiritoso, ma non presto
2. Corrente: Allegro
3. Sarabanda: Grave
4. Gigue: Presto
5. Minuet: Affetuoso

Edoardo Torbianellli: Pianoforte, "Cimbalo di Martelleti" by Denzil Wraight (2003), after Bartolomeo Cristofori (1726)

From Album "Piano E Forte: Music At The Medici Court On Cristofori's Early Pianoforte (C. 1730)", 2011 Glossa

Mieczysław Horszowski plays Lodovico Giustini - Vol. 1
Mieczysław Horszowski (1892-1993) performs music of Lodovico Giustini on the 1720 Cristofori Pianoforte at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Rec. 1977/1978

Transfered from LP published by Titanic Records in 1980 (originally by The Metropolitan Museum of Art as No. MMA L1803)

00:00 Sonata I in G minor
Balletto - Corrente - Sarabanda - Giga - Minuet

12:04 Sonata X in F minor
Alemanda - Canzone - Alemanda - Corrente

23:40 Sonata IV in E minor
Preludio - Presto - Sarabanda - Giga

34:01 Sonata VII in G major
Alemanda - Corrente - Siciliana - Gavotta

Mieczysław Horszowski plays Lodovico Giustini - Vol. 2
Mieczysław Horszowski (1892-1993) performs music of Lodovico Giustini on the 1720 Cristofori Pianoforte at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Rec. 1979/1980

Transfered from LP published by Titanic Records in 1980

00:00 Sonata II in C minor
Grave - Corrente (Allegro) - Giga (Grave) - Giga (Presto) - Minuet

17:45 Sonata IX in C major
Sarabanda (Andante) - Alemanda (Allegro) - Rondo (Affetuoso) - Gavotta (Allegro)

34:48 Sonata V in D major
Preludio (Adagio E Arpeggiato Nell' Acciaccature) - Allegro - Affetuoso - Corrente (Allegro) - Tempo Di Gavotta

Lodovico Giustini - Sonata II - Andrea Coen Fortepiano Pianoforte
Ludovico Giustini di Pistoia - Sonate da cimbalo di piano, e forte
Ludovico Giustini sonata IV in mi min
Ludovico Giustini da Pistoia sonata IV in min dalle XII sonate per Cimbalo di piano et forte detto volgarmente di Martelletti versione integrale di questa splendida sonata cembalista Falerno Ducande Arcade et musico pastore Romano
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