Achille Simonetti

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Achille Simonetti
Born (1857-06-12)June 12, 1857
Died November 19, 1928(1928-11-19) (aged 71)
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Violinist and composer
Instruments Violin
Years active Circa 1880–1928

Achille Simonetti (12 June 1857 – 19 November 1928) was an Italian and English violinist and composer.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Turin on 12 June 1857,[1] Simonetti left his family in Bologna (this can be gleaned from his letter to Mr Hill (of Hills and Sons) written in 1922,[2]) and completed his studies under Francesco Bianchi, Eugenio Cavallini, Giuseppe Gamba, Charles Dancla, regarded as the last exponent of the classical French school of violin playing,[3] and Camillo Sivori, the only pupil of Niccolo Paganini.[4]


Simonetti became part of the first London Trio, an endeavour which occupied him from 1901 to 1907,[5] along with colleagues Amina Goodwin and William Whitehouse.[6]

From 1912 to 1919, he was a professor of violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music,[7] and served as a teacher for many distinguished violinists, including Walter Starkie.

Simonetti was also an early champion of the Brahms Violin Concerto, and wrote a cadenza for the work.


Simonetti died aged 71 in London on 19 November 1928.[8]

Selected compositions[edit]

  • Ronde joyeuse for string orchestra
  • Sérénade for string orchestra
Chamber music
  • Allegretto Romantico in D minor for viola and piano (published 1897)
  • Andante melancolique for violin (or cello) and piano
  • Ballata in C minor for viola and piano (published 1897)
  • Berceuse for violin and piano
  • Canzonetta for violin and piano
  • Capriccio for violin and piano
  • Cavatina for cello and piano
  • Elegia for cello and piano
  • Furlana, Italian Dance for violin and piano
  • Madrigale in D major for violin and piano (1901); Music has been set to this by Pietro Florida.[9]
  • Mazurka for violin and piano
  • Minuetto for violin and piano
  • Notturnino for violin and piano
  • Rêverie for violin and piano
  • Romanza for violin and piano
  • Romanzetta for violin and piano
  • Scènes montagnardes for violin and piano, Op. 12
  • Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano, Op. 9
  • String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 14 (published 1904)
  • String Quartet No. 2 in B major, Op. 16 (published c.1904)
  • Caprice-Mazurka for piano
  • Trois Morceaux caractéristiques (3 Character Pieces) for piano


  1. ^ "Achille Simonetti is born". Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Montagnana Books: Autographs Catalogue". Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Charles Dancla: His Life & Times". Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Walter Starkie, Scholars and Gypsies (1963), P. 90-91.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Musik und Gender im Internet: Amina Goodwin". Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Composers' Biographies Letter S". Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Achille Simonetti dies". Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Madrigale, Florida, Music by Simonetti". Retrieved 24 August 2010. 

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