Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn’t open, click the iTunes icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music by [?], download iTunes now.

Do you already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Benedetto Marcello

View in iTunes

To preview a song, mouse over the title and click Play. Open iTunes to buy and download music.


Like his brother Alessandro, Benedetto learned the violin from his father and also studied singing and counterpoint with Gasparini. Though he wanted to pursue music his father would not allow this distraction. Accordingly, Benedetto was sent to the country to pursue his studies in law. Following this he spent many years in public service holding various positions. In his twenty first year, however, he was able to join the Arcadian Academy of Rome under a pseudonym. His first operatic libretto was set in 1707 but the first publication came out in 1708. It was a set of twelve concertos. The major bulk of Benedetto's works were vocal scores including operas, oratorios, numerous cantatas, masses and motets. The arrangement he scored for the first fifty psalms in cantata form were published in eight volumes. Marcello was invited to compose for the emperor Charles VI. This success brought him students and he was quite adept as a teacher. His students included Galuppi and Bordoni. Marcello's music was characteristically varied and contained qualitative excerpts of imagination, brilliant methodology and uniqueness. In some works his galant sensitivity was demonstrated while in other works his traditional counterpoint techniques were emphasized. Emotional expressions within the content and textures of his works ranged from the pathetic to the humorous. ~ Keith Johnson