Giacobbe Cervetto

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Giacobbe Basevi, known as Giacobbe Cervetto, (1682 – 14 January 1783) was an Anglo-Italian musician who was an important classical cellist and composer of Baroque music for cello in 18th century England.


Cervetto was born into a Jewish family in Italy in 1682. He moved to London in 1739 and was a leading musical figure there for decades, an excellent cellist, and a dealer in musical instruments and strings. He was a regular in Handel's orchestra. His son, James Cervetto, was also a noted cellist. Giacobbe eventually converted to Anglicanism. His extant works include solos, duos and trios for multiple cellos with basso continuo. He became a centenarian in 1782 and died the following year.[1][2]

Selected works[edit]

  • Six sonatas or trios Op. 1 (1741)
  • Twelve Solos for Cello and B.c. (1750)
  • Eight Solos for a German Flute and B.c. Op. 3 (1757)
  • VI Trios for 2 Violins and Violoncello/Cembalo (1758)
  • Six Lessons or Divertimenti for 2 Violins und B.c. Op. 4 (1761)


  1. ^ Torrefranca, Fausto (1931). "Cervetto, Giacobbe". Enciclopedia Italiana. Treccani. Online version retrieved 11 September 2015 (Italian).
  2. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne (1998). "Cervetto, Giacobbe Basevi", p. 227. Companion to Baroque Music. University of California Press

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