Vallotti, Francesco Antonio

1697-1780

 

This gifted man, distinguished as organist, composer, theorist and teacher, was born at Vercelli, Piedmont. He early showed his talent, becoming an organist in his early youth. He took up the study of theology, at the same time studying music under Brissone. He became a Franciscan monk, but continued to study music, going to Padua to be a pupil of Calegari. He afterwards studied in Rome. He followed Calegari's theory of harmony. In 1728 he was appointed to the position of chapelmaster of the Church of St. Antonio, holding it until his death. Tartini considered him to be the finest Italian organist of his time. Among his pupils were Sabbatini and Abbe Vogler, the latter of whom carried on his system of teaching and also attempted to complete his great theoretical work. Vallotti composed much church-music; in 1770 a requiem for the funeral of Tartini. His greatest work was a theoretical one in four volumes, entitled Delia Scienza teorica, e pratica, della moderna musica. Vallotti died before the work was finished.