Jacopo Puccini

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Jacopo Puccini

Jacopo (Giacomo) Puccini[1] (Italian: [ˈjaːkopo putˈtʃiːni]; 26 January 1712 – 16 May 1781) was an 18th-century Italian composer who lived and worked primarily in Lucca, Tuscany. He was the first of five generations of composers, the most famous of whom was his great-great-grandson, the opera composer Giacomo Puccini.[2][3]


Puccini studied in Bologna under Giuseppe Carretti, who was maestro di cappella at Bologna's San Petronio Basilica.[4][5] In Bologna Puccini became friends with Padre Martini.[5] After returning to Lucca in 1739, he served as organist in the cathedral and later Maestro di Cappella to the Most Serene Republic.[4] Puccini belonged to the Accademia Filarmonica of Bologna and was a skilled teacher.[3]

His musical style incorporated elements of both the Baroque and early Classic periods.[6] Puccini was known as an excellent organist.[4] He wrote many dramatic and sacred works, including a Te Deum for four voices and instruments, a Domine for four voices, masses, and psalm settings.[4][5] Between 1733 and 1780, Puccini wrote 31 servizi ecclesiastici for the annual Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Festa della Esaltazione della Santa Croce).[4][5] Some of Puccini's works, including a processional motet in eight voices, continued to be performed into at least the early 19th Century.[4] A Requiem for eight voices by Puccini was performed at the Vienna Musical Exposition of 1892, together with music by his son Antonio, grandson Domenico, and great-grandson Michele.[7]


  • Messa a 3 (1760). Consists of Kyrie, Gloria, and Credo. Scored for 2 violins in unison, cello, bass, continuo, and three-part chorus (SSA or SAA). Original title: 1760/ Messa Piena a 3 voci, cioè Canto, e due Alti/ Con violini a beneplacito Unis: [soni]/ Per il Concerto di S. Giovannetto/ di Giacomo Puccini.[2]
  • Messa di requiem (1760). Requiem mass for 8 voices, strings, and continuo.[6]

The Puccini musical dynasty[edit]

Five generations of the Puccini family were composers in Lucca.[2][3][8]

  • Giacomo Puccini ("senior"): 26 January 1712 – 16 May 1781.
  • Antonio Benedetto Maria Puccini: 30 July 1747 – 10 February 1832.
  • Domenico Vincenzo Maria Puccini: 5 April 1772 – 25 May 1815.
  • Michele Puccini: 27 November 1813 – 23 Jan 1864.
  • Giacomo Puccini: 22 December 1858 – 29 November 1924.


  1. ^ http://www.bibliotecamusica.it/cmbm/biblio/wm1993LU232.pdf
  2. ^ a b c Banner 2010
  3. ^ a b c S. Puccini 1994
  4. ^ a b c d e f Gervasoni 1812
  5. ^ a b c d Musica e musicisti 1903
  6. ^ a b requiemsurvey.org
  7. ^ Streatfield 1895
  8. ^ Fairtile 1998, p. 74.


  • Musica e musicisti, Giulio Ricordi, vol. 58 (No. 2), February 1903 Missing or empty |title= (help)
  • Banner, Martin (2010), "Editor's Note", in Puccini, Giacomo (ed.), Messa a 3, Hinshaw Music Inc., p. 2
  • Fairtile, Linda (1998), Giacomo Puccini: A Guide to Research, Psychology Press, pp. 74–76
  • Gervasoni, Carlo (1812), Nuova teoria di musica ricavata dall'odierna pratica, Milano: Blanchon, pp. 240–241
  • Puccini, Simonetta (1994), "The Puccini Family", in Weaver, William; Puccini, Simonetta (eds.), The Puccini Companion, New York: Norton and Company, pp. 3–38
  • Streatfield, Richard Alexander (1895), Masters of Italian music, C. Scribner's Sons, p. 269


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