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Luigi Boccherini

February 19, 1743 - May 28, 1805
born in Lucca, Italy, composed during the Classical period
Casual classical music fans may have heard Boccherini's famous Minuet, but might not know that Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) was an 18th century cello virtuoso who was celebrated throughout Europe for his performance and compositional skills. He was raised in Italy, worked in Vienna, Paris, and Milan, but spent most of his adult life at the Spanish court, even while employed by the king of Prussia. The Minuet comes from one of Boccherini's 100+ string quintets written to show off his cello technique. He also wrote around 100 string quartets; cello concertos and sonatas; and a few symphonies and vocal pieces. ~ Patsy Morita, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Boccherini: Cello Quintets

Title: String Quintet For 2 Violins, Viola & 2 Cellos In E Major, G. 275 (Op. 11/5)
Title: String Quintet For 2 Violins, Viola & 2 Cellos In F Minor, G. 348 (Op. 42/1)
Title: String Quintet For 2 Violins, Viola & 2 Cellos In G Minor, G. 351 (Op. 42/4)
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Track List: Boccherini: Cello Quintets - 2

Title: String Quintet For 2 Violins, Viola & 2 Cellos In C Major, G. 310 (Op. 28/4)
Title: String Quintet For 2 Violins, Viola & 2 Cellos In C Major, G. 349 (Op. 42/2)
Title: String Quintet (Quintettino) For 2 Violins, Viola & 2 Cellos In B Minor, G. 350 (Op. 42/3)
Title: String Quintet For 2 Violins, Viola & 2 Cellos In D Major, G. 353 (Op. 43/2)
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Track List: Boccherini: Fandango, Sinfonie & La Musica Notturna di Madrid

Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In D Major ("Fandango"), G. 448 (Arrangement Of String Quintets, G. 270 & 341)
Title: Symphony In D Minor, G. 517 (Op. 37/3)
Title: Symphony In A Major, G. 511 (Op. 35/3)
Title: String Quintet (Quintettino) For 2 Violins, Viola & 2 Cellos In C Major ("La Musica Notturna Delle Strade Di Madrid"), G. 324 (Op. 30
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Track List: Boccherini: Guitar Quintets

Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In E Major, G. 446 (Arrangement Of Piano Quintet, G. 417)
Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In D Major ("Fandango"), G. 448 (Arrangement Of String Quintets, G. 270 & 341)
Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In G Major, G. 450 (Arrangement Of Quintet For Flute And Strings, G. 531 & String Quartet, G. 240)
Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In C Major ("La Ritirada Di Madrid"), G. 453 (Arrangement Of Piano Quintet, G. 409)
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Track List: Boccherini: Guitar Quintets, Vol. 1

Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In D Minor, G. 445 (arrangement Of Piano Quintet, G. 416)
Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In E Major, G. 446 (Arrangement Of Piano Quintet, G. 417)
Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In B Flat Major, G. 447 (arrangement Of Piano Quintet, G. 414)
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Track List: Boccherini: Guitar Quintets, Vol. 3

Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In C Major ("La Ritirada Di Madrid"), G. 453 (Arrangement Of Piano Quintet, G. 409)
Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In E Minor, G. 451 (Arrangement Piano Quintet, G. 407)
Title: String Quintet For 2 Violins, Viola & 2 Cellos In E Major, G. 275 (Op. 11/5)
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Track List: Boccherini: Piano Quintets

Disc 1
Title: Piano Quintet In E Minor, G. 407 (Op. 56/1)
Title: Piano Quintet In F Major, G. 408 (Op. 56/2)
Title: Piano Quintet In D Major, G. 411 (Op. 56/5)
Disc 2
Title: Piano Quintet In F Major, G. 408 (Op. 56/2)
Title: Piano Quintet In E Minor, G. 415 (Op. 57/3)
Title: Piano Quintet In C Major, G. 418 (Op. 57/6)
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Track List: Boccherini: Quintets For Guitar And Strings

Disc 1
Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In D Minor, G. 445 (arrangement Of Piano Quintet, G. 416)
Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In B Flat Major, G. 447 (arrangement Of Piano Quintet, G. 414)
Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In D Major, G. 449 (Arrangement Of String Quartets G. 232, G. 237 & String Quintet, G. 411)
Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In E Minor, G. 451 (Arrangement Piano Quintet, G. 407)
Disc 2
Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In E Major, G. 446 (Arrangement Of Piano Quintet, G. 417)
Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In D Major ("Fandango"), G. 448 (Arrangement Of String Quintets, G. 270 & 341)
Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In G Major, G. 450 (Arrangement Of Quintet For Flute And Strings, G. 531 & String Quartet, G. 240)
Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In C Major ("La Ritirada Di Madrid"), G. 453 (Arrangement Of Piano Quintet, G. 409)
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Track List: Boccherini: String Quartets Op. 32 [United Kingdom]

Disc 1
Title: String Quartet In E Flat Major, G. 201 (Op. 32/1)
Title: String Quartet In E Minor, G. 202 (Op. 32/2)
Title: String Quartet In D Major, G. 203 (Op. 32/3)
Disc 2
Title: String Quartet In C Major, G. 204 (Op. 32/4)
Title: String Quartet In G Minor, G. 205 (Op. 32/5)
Title: String Quartet In A Major, G. 206 (Op. 32/6)
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Track List: Boccherini: String Quintets; Minuet in A /Europa Galante * Biondi

Title: String Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in A minor, G. 300 (Op. 25/6)
Title: String Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major, G. 298 (Op. 25/4)
Title: String Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in D minor, G. 295 (Op. 25/1)
Title: Minuet in A major, arrangements (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275)
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Track List: Boccherini: Symphonies Opus 12

Disc 1
Title: Symphony In D Major, G. 503 (Op. 12/1)
Title: Symphony In C Major, G. 505 (Op. 12/3)
Title: Symphony In D Minor ("La Casa Del Diavolo"), G. 506 (Op. 12/4)
Disc 2
Title: Symphony In E Flat Major, G. 504 (Op. 12/2)
Title: Symphony In B Flat Major, G. 507 (Op. 12/5)
Title: Symphony In A Major, G. 508 (Op. 12/6)
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Track List: Boccherini: The Symphonies, Op. 12

Disc 1
Title: Symphony In D Major, G. 503 (Op. 12/1)
Title: Symphony In C Major, G. 505 (Op. 12/3)
Title: Symphony In D Minor ("La Casa Del Diavolo"), G. 506 (Op. 12/4)
Disc 2
Title: Symphony In E Flat Major, G. 504 (Op. 12/2)
Title: Symphony In B Flat Major, G. 507 (Op. 12/5)
Title: Symphony In A Major, G. 508 (Op. 12/6)
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Track List: Guitar Quintets, Vol.2

Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In D Major ("Fandango"), G. 448 (Arrangement Of String Quintets, G. 270 & 341)
Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In D Major, G. 449 (Arrangement Of String Quartets G. 232, G. 237 & String Quintet, G. 411)
Title: Quintet For Guitar & Strings In G Major, G. 450 (Arrangement Of Quintet For Flute And Strings, G. 531 & String Quartet, G. 240)

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nycdentman
I Always feel like I'm in a movie when listening to Boccherini. Happy then sad then inspired then scared. Luv this dude...
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omiller7346
Hey Luigi! Know anyone named Mario!!! LOL
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YIIIIIIIIIKE S . . . . . . . . . : - ) :'(:-) :'(:-) :'(:-) :'(:-)
AMAZING music, sad story....... . . yet ANOTHER brilliant composer dying in poverty..... s i g h i n g heavily now......... : - (
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Test, Studying and homework music!
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I'm glad Pandora's playing so much Boccherini for me; he's becoming one of my favorite composers.
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Amazing music for tests
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Boccherini ,un glorioso Toscano!
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I really like Boccherini but my favourite is Mozart, then Beethoven, then Haydn.
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kidpainter67
This is the station I ALWAYS use for Studying . Thanks, pandora !
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beautiful music but such a tragic end to his life
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bwahl_chesta
Beautiful! My hearts warms to every composition!
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One of my all time favorite composers
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Ilove you pandora
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Thanks Pandora for so much great music
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cats7fish1
bella
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Questo minuetto è molto delicata.
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matthew.elli s 7
Same place Nancy Ann gets hers.
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john46659
I wonder where T Sellers gets his information.
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mmaders1
Relaxing and beautiful :-)
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...Quite skillful when it comes to strings.
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Beautiful composition.
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First heard Boccherni in the film Master and Commander.Ah h h h h !
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mhmusicstudi o
You have nice ensembles (good interpretati o n , quality instruments, etc.). I'm enjoying this! (My kids showed me how to get on this site.)
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Boccherini was a true genius! It's amazing that such beautiful music came from such a sadistic, cold-blooded murderer! Boccherini would often wander the streets at night, looking for victims to shoot or stab, sometimes using a rifle with a bayonet to both shoot AND stab! If only he hadn't killed his wife, he might have gotten away with his life of crime and written even more of his gorgeous, soul-inspiri n g music!
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Where can you get this book and CD?
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captainpylan t h e s
Boccherini is fantastic! Am I the first one here to post about it?
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such beautiful work from such a tragic life.
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Luigi è ancora fresco. Egli rocks!
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IT'S-A ME-A! LUIGI!
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dbaker5727
One of my favorites.
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Very, very nice
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When looking for silence, Boccherini is my chosen partner.
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Gentle is the sound, soothing the mind and heart!
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I always thought the cello was a superior instrument to the violin. Boccherini is the man.
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musicalawake n i n g s . e x p l o r e r 9
so lithe and playful...an d helps put on a cheerful mood.
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Luigi is cool.
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santiagozepe d a
Amadeus Mozart has nothing on Boccherini.
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I dig Boccherini! Yeah Pandora!
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bmoore58
Enjoying his music very much. And quite touched by his suffering. Hopefully the joy of being so gifted counterbalan c e d the troubles he had. But it makes me think being an ordinary mortal might not be so bad.
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tedsandyman0 1
rmc hemsing, suck a fat one.
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sjaram1
Why is not on Pandora Musica Notturna della Strada de Madrid, that is one oof my favorites from Boccerini! Please Pandora, find it ant play it.
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sklenzak
WOW; what talent. What a life. Tragic--ever y o n e died--two wives, daughters in days etc . . .
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Boccherini defines boring classical music. If he were a better composer he would sound exactly like Mozart, but then he would sound exactly like Mozart. Boo! Why can't Pandora seem to play ANYTHING BUT Boccherini?? ? ?
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toul54
Boccherini is what classical music is all about, his scope is wonderful and I don't know of any more listenable music for anytime of the day. My favorite is the Minuette.
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buddy1757
amazing, wonderful and beautifull bliss just makes me want to go to sleep!!!
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seanh69
I LOVE Boccherini, his music is always just a little bit different from the rest of the classical composers, especially with his Spanish flair on most of his pieces, which makes him stand out when listening to a conglomerati o n of different classical era pieces. Boccherini is always distinguisha b l e and his violin pieces are amazing.
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This music is very enjoyable.
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wonderful, oh so beautiful
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