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Francesco Durante
Birth: Mar. 31, 1684
Frattamaggiore
Provincia di Napoli
Campania, Italy
Death: Sep. 30, 1755
Naples
Provincia di Napoli
Campania, Italy

Composer. Apart from a brief period in Rome, he lived his whole life in Naples. As director of several conservatories there, he taught Giovanni Pergolesi, Giovanni Paisiello, and Niccolo Piccini. Durante wrote primarily for the church; his catalog includes 24 Masses, five Requiems, 33 Psalm settings and scores of other vocal pieces. Although he expressed considerable dramatic flair in his music, religious inhibitions prevented him from tackling an opera, the only path to musical fame and fortune in 18th Century Italy. He attempted to compromise with a genre he created: the "sacred drama", an operatic treatment of a religious subject. This found little favor among Durante's contemporaries and only one of his sacred dramas survives, "San Antonio di Padona" (1753). But his concept inspired later composers, among them Richard Wagner ("Parsifal"), Arthur Honegger, and Olivier Messiaen. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
 
Burial:
Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore
Naples
Provincia di Napoli
Campania, Italy
 
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Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
Record added: Nov 28, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9978861
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