Biography of Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801)

Born in Aversa near Naples, son of a laundress
The father dies of a working accident and he lives from then on with his mother in a monastery
The organist of the monastery, who gave him lessons, helped him to be accepted in the conservatory of S. Maria di Loreto
Musical studies in Naples with Galli, Sacchini and Piccinni based on a scholarship
Call by Katharina the Great to become chamber composer in St. Petersburg, successor of Piccini
Successor of Salieri as band master at the Vienna court
Very successful during life time, especially for his operas. The most popular work for flutists is his concerto for two flutes and orchestra.
After the death of the emperor he went back to Naples
Takes part in a uprising against the French occupying force and goes to prison for four months due to this.
Dies in Vienna on his way to St. Petersburg after some time in jail due to his welcome of French trouups in Naples. It is said he was poisoned.

Sheet music for flute:

Konzert (G-Dur)
CD-Aufnahmen bei jpc.deMP3-Download bei
(2 flutes, piano orchestral excerpt)
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Allegro
  2. Largo
  3. Rondo
Composed about 1793. Beside his operas the most popular composition of Cimarosa.
Quartett (D-Dur)
CD-Aufnahmen bei jpc.deMP3-Download bei
(flute, violin, viola, cello)
Musica Rara, M. R. 1800
Rating: easy
  1. Allegro moderato
  2. Adagio
  3. Rondo
Only parts, no score
Quartett No. 6 (a-moll)
CD-Aufnahmen bei jpc.deMP3-Download bei
(flute, violin, viola, cello)
Edition Breitkopf, Musica Rara 1802
Rating: easy
  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio
  3. Finale
All movements short, no score.

CDs with/from Domenico Cimarosa

James Galway, Kazuhito Yamashita
Italian Serenade (1994)
Giuliani - Cimarosa - Paganini - Rossini - Bazzini
    Mauro Giuliani: Grand duo concertant, Op. 85:
  1. Allegro maestoso (06:29:00)
  2. Andante molto sostenuto (04:43:00)
  3. Scherzo (03:07:00)
  4. Allegretto espressivo (05:05:00)
  5. Domenico Cimarosa: Serenade:
  6. Larghetto (04:56:00)
  7. Allegro (01:37:00)
  8. Largo (alla siciliana) (02:32:00)
  9. Allegro giusto (02:22:00)
  10. Niccolo Paganini: Sonata concertata:
  11. Allegro spiritoso (07:17:00)
  12. Adagio assai espressivo (04:21:00)
  13. Rondeau - Allegretto con brio - Scherzando (02:01:00)
  14. Gioacchino Rossini: Andante con variazioni in F-Dur (04:30:00)
  15. Antonio Bazzini: La ronde des lutins, Op. 25 (05:52:00)
James Galway, Jeanne Galway, London Mozart Players
James Galway plays Flute Concertos (CD 8/12) (2011)
Devienne: Concertos Nos. 7 & 8 Cimarosa: Concerto for 2 Flutes
    François Devienne: Concerto for Flute & Orchestra No. 8 in G major:
  1. Allegro (09:46:00)
  2. Larto (02:42:00)
  3. Tempo die Polonaise (04:42:00)
  4. François Devienne: Concerto for Flute & Orchestra No. 7 in E minor:
  5. Allegro (08:16:00)
  6. Adagio (04:10:00)
  7. Rondo allegretto - Poco moderato (05:26:00)
  8. Domenico Cimarosa: Concerto for 2 Flutes & Chamber Orchestra in G major:
  9. Allegro (09:47:00)
  10. Largo (03:50:00)
  11. Rondo. Allegretto ma non tanto (04:25:00)

Literature von/über Domenico Cimarosa

Last edit 26.04.2014