Art@Site Remigio Barbaro Monument for Baldassare Galuppi

Remigio Barbaro


Monument for Baldassare Galuppi

Piazza Baldassare Galuppi, Burano
Baldassarre Galuppi (Burano 1706 - Venice 1785), called"Il Buranello", is one of the major Italian composers of his time, noted for his operas, and particularly opera buffa.
He first led into music thanks to his father, a skilled barber, that used to beautifully play violin at leisure.
At the age of sixteen, Galuppi was employed as organist in many churches of the Venetian city center. It was during one of these occasions that the young musician dared to play in public his first opera buffa"La fede nell'incostanza" (The hope of changeableness), a spectacular failure, with Galuppi hissed off the stage. Desperate after this bad performance, he almost decided to abandon music and follow his father footprints becoming a barber. The chance to meet the famous composer Antonio Lotti changed his life, and soon Galuppi became his pupil.
Three years after Baldassarre was again on the scene. This time, his new attempt"Libretto della Dorinda" was a success and launched his great carreer.
In 1748 he became maestro di cappella at San Mark's Cathedral, considered the Venetian top musical post. He lived and worked in Venice for most of his life, though he spent a few years in London, working for the Royal Theatre and in St. Petersurg working for Catherine II the Great. He finally returned to Venice in 1768, still composing for the theatre and the Church. By the time of his death, at the age of 79 in Venice, the city that most gave him victories and defeats, Galuppi was one of the best-known and most respected figures in the Venetian musical establishment.
In a sign of trust and gratitude to his great ancestor, the Island of Burano decided to dedicate the main square to Baldassare Galuppi, erecting a monument in his honor, made by another Buranello, the sculptor Remigio Barbaro.