For this weekend’s offertory, I will play Aria for Organ by Baldassare Galuppi (1706 - 1785).
Galuppi was a composer of the Venetian School. He and his contemporaries (including Johann Hässe, Giovanni Sammartini and Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach) bridged the gap between the Baroque and Classical Periods. Their music was shaped by the emerging structure of Classicism, but also used many devices still rooted in the Baroque.
Galuppi spent his youth writing a variety of operas, which afforded him much practice in the writing of vocal arias. In later years, he worked primarily as a church musician and composer of sacred music. Galuppi was considered a virtuoso organist, and his compositions for keyboard were admired across Italy.
Though written in his maturity, Galuppi’s Aria for Organ is reminiscent of the lyricism he perfected in his youthful operas. Enjoy the music - and until we meet again, take care and stay well!