June 19, 1747—Alessandro Marcello dies.

Jun 19 | A Venetian Almanac

Tony Musante & Florinda Bolkan in ‘Anonimo Veneziano’

Alessandro Marcello, nobleman, dilettante, mathematician, poet, philosopher and composer, dies in Padua, aged 77. Overshadowed by junior contemporaries Antonio Vivaldi and his own younger brother Benedetto, both of whom he outlived, he was nonetheless a significant composer in his own right.

His output was small and pseudonymous – he published under the name ‘Eterio Stinfalico’ – but includes a celebrated concerto in D minor for oboe, strings and basso continuo, which was transcribed for hapsichord by J.S. Bach, no less. Perhaps more surprisingly, the piece has proved popular in film-scores, notably in Salerno’s ‘Anonimo Veneziano’ (1970).