Violin History & Timeline
The Roots of Famous Violinists
violinist, composer, and music theorist; b. Lucca (baptized), Dec. 5,
1687; d. Dublin, Sept. 17,1762. He studied with Carlo Ambrogio Lonati in
Milan; then studied violin with Arcangelo Corelli and composition with
Alessandro Scarlatti in Rome. He was a violinist in the orch. of the
Signoria theater in Lucca from 1707 to 1710; became concertmaster of the
Naples Orch. in 1711. In 1714 he went to London, where he gained fame as a
violin virtuoso, composer, and teacher. During the 173 1— 32 season, he
presented a series of subscription concerts in London; in 1733—34 he
maintained a concert room in Dublin, and also sold paintings; from 1737 to
1740 he was again in Dublin, giving concerts and teaching. He spent most
of the succeeding years in England, but also made trips to the Continent.
He returned to Ireland in 1759 as music master to Charles Coote (later the
Earl of Bellamont) at Cootehill, County Cavan; that same year he went to
Dublin, where he gave his last concert in 1760. Geminiani composed a
number of fine sonatas and concertos in a distinctive and assured style.
He also wrote the vaiuable treatise The Art of Playing on the Violin
(1751), which effectively carried forward the Italian tradition of
Corelli while setting the course for succeeding generations.
for Playing in a True Taste . .
. , op. 8 (London, 1748; with 4 tunes); A Treatise of Good Taste in the
Art of Musick (London, 1749; facsimile ed. by R. Donnington, 1969;
with 4 songs and 7 “Airs”); The Art of Playing on the Violin, op. 9
(London, 1751; facsimile ed. by D. Boyden, London, 1952; with 12 works and
24 examples); Guida armonsca. . . , op. 10 (London, c.1754); The
Art of Accompaniament
op.11(2 parts, London,
c.l754); A Supplement to the Guida Arrnonica (London, c. 1754);
The Art of Playing the Guitar or Cittra . . . (Edinburgh, 1760; with
11 sonatas). He also publ. a periodical, The Harinonical Miscellany
(London, 1758; Part 1: 14 works “in the Tone Minor”; Part 2: 16 works “in
the Tone Major”).