About F. P. Ricci

Portrait of F. P. RicciFrancesco Pasquale Ric­ci (May 17, 1732 – Novem­ber 7, 1817), was an Ital­ian com­pos­er and vio­lin­ist.

Ric­ci was born in Como. He trav­eled wide­ly, and lived for many years in The Hague and pub­lished most of his work in North­ern Europe. He returned in 1780 to his posi­tion as mae­stro di cap­pel­la at Como Cathe­dral. Ricci’s stu­dent, the Baroness Josi­na van Boet­ze­laer, became one of two Dutch women com­posers of the 18th cen­tu­ry whose music sur­vives today.

Peo­ple say he co-authored The Recueil with J. Ch. Bach under the title Meth­ode… . This is incor­rect and is explained in “The Recueil and Its Trans­for­ma­tions.” There was no known por­trait of Ric­ci made while he was liv­ing.

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