Francesco Durante (1684-1755)
The music of Francesco Durante is distinguished among his Neapolitan school contemporaries in one rather significant aspect: he composed no operas. The fact that his output is comprised almost exclusively of liturgical music and pedagogical pieces (partimenti and solfeggi) illuminates Durante’s reputation as one of the most influential and revered Galant maestri (teachers). In fact, the two camps of Neapolitan composition, came to be known as the Leisti, followers of Leonardo Leo, and Durantisti, followers of Durante.
Scores by Durante: