GIUSEPPE TARTINI
Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770) was an Italian Baroque violinist, composer & music theorist. In 1721, he was appointed Maestro di Cappella at the Basilica di Sant'Antonio in Padua & in 1726, he started a violin school which attracted students from all over Europe. Gradually, Tartini became more interested in the theory of harmony and acoustics, and from 1750 to the end of his life he published various treatises. Tartini was the first known owner of a violin made by Antonio Stradivari in 1715 which is now known as the Lipinski Stradivarius. His most famous composition was the 'Devil's Trill Sonata'; a solo violin sonata that requires a number of technically demanding double stop trills and is difficult even by modern standards. According to legend the sonata was inspired by a dream Tartini had, in which the devil appeared at the foot of his bed and played his violin.


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