The book contains the proceedings of the conference Sopra il gusto moderno: Civiltà musicale napoletana nell’età di Pergolesi, held in Naples in January 2010 as part of the celebrations for the 300
Vinci, Pergolesi and music criticism of the late Settecento
The Connections between Vinci and Pergolesi
The connection between Leonardo Vinci and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, as based on primary sources, is rather slight. They went to the same school, the Conservatorio dei Poveri di Gesù Cristo.
The first records of Pergolesi’s presence at the Conservatory were found by Salvatore Di Giacomo in some payments in the account books of 1729/30 to a certain “Jesi” who was identified as the young Pergolesi from the town of Jesi in the Marche.1 These payments records are to a senior level student or capiparanza in charge of the violin ensembles sent out to perform in the churches of Naples and are usually made to a group consisting of «Palazzo, Jesi, Maltesi minore, Malemeno and Colucci» either as «violini, solito ogni mese» or «Capoparanze, per le corde che li spettano il mese».2 Unfortunately the documentation at the Conservatory is rather incomplete during this period, with several volumes of records either missing or non-existent as preserved in the Archivio Storico Diocesano in Naples.3 Thus there are no volumes for the years 1726 and 1728 ← 567 | 568 → and the volume for 1727 is virtually blank. However, one can find references to Pergolesi in the 1725 volume, in July and December:
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