Manchester, 14th-18th July 2004


Peter Holman (University of Leeds and RNCM, UK)

A little light on Lorenzo Bocchi

The Italian cellist and composer Lorenzo Bocchi does not merit an entry in any modern music dictionary, yet he was a figure of some importance in Scottish and Irish musical life in the 1720s. He was probably the first person to play the cello in Scotland and Ireland, and was involved in early attempts to establish regular concerts in Edinburgh and Dublin.

He was an associate of Allan Ramsay senior, and seems to have been involved in the operatic experiments in Edinburgh that were to lead to the first Scottish opera, Ramsay's The Gentle Shepherd. He played an important role in the early history of music publication in Ireland, and had a hand in the first printed collection of Irish tunes, published by Neal in 1724. He may also have been responsible for bringing to Ireland the material for the parallel collection of Scots tunes that Neal published in the same year. This paper reviews what is known of his career, and assesses the importance of his publications.

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