Giovanni Giorgi

(? - 1762)

Italian composer. Little is known of the life of Giovanni Giorgi, although he was probably born in Venice or its environs. Most probably he was a pupil of Antonio Lotti. In 1719 he was appointed maestro di capella at S. Giovanni Laterano in Rome, succeeding Giuseppe Ottavio Pitone, a post that he held until 1725, when he joined the Lisbon court as composer and maestro. He died in the Portuguese capital in 1762. Apart two contatas, Giorgi wrote exclusively sacred music in all forms. His immense output includes groups of offertories, antiphons, hymns, introits, Masses, graduals and motets, for two to eight parts generally supported by organ, but in some cases accompanied by a string orchestra. His music is to a great extent preserved in S. Maria Maggiore and S. Giovanni Laterano, in Rome, and in the archives of the Cathedral of Lisbon where it escaped to destruction in the earthquake of 1755.

A Partial Giovanni Giorgi Discography |  VIIIF: Sacred Music of the Italian Settecento