About Giovanni Mossi

Mossi was in close association with the Ottoboni family. He had developed a close friendship with Corelli; the Ottoboni family was Corelli's patron. Princess Vittoria Altieri-Pallavicini probably was Mossi's employer as he dedicated his fourth opus to her in 1726. Mossi's published compositions included twenty six concertos and thirty six sonatas. Many of his musical stylings are illustrative of Corelli's influence. For example, embellishments were written out and he demonstrated a dynamic attitude regarding the texture of the sound in one of the concertos from opus four. In this work Mossi wrote four violin parts with a balanced ripieno in the same number of parts. Little detailed study has been done concerning his works but evidence suggests that his compositions were well-received. ~ Keith Johnson

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