Vitali, Giovanni Battista

About 1644-1692

 

Violist and composer; born at Cremona, Italy. About 1667 he became violist in the orchestra at San Petronio, Bologna, and in 1674 he was appointed vice chapelmaster to the Duke of Modena, where he died. He was a member of the Accademia de' Filiaschi. Vitali was one of the most active exponents of the instrumental style during the period immediately preceding Corelli. Among his works are balletti, correnti, gighe, allemande, etc.; Sonata; Inni sacri per tutto 1'anno a voci sola con cinque stromenti; Artifici musicali a diversi stromenti.