Giulio Briccialdi (March 1/2, 1818 – December 17, 1881) was an Italian flautist and composer.
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Briccialdi was born in Terni, Italy, in the Papal States on March 2, 1818 and began studying flute with his father. After his father’s death, the 14-year-old Briccialdi moved to Rome to pursue a musical career and avoid the family pressure to join the priesthood. His first appointment was to the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome at the age of 17.
While in Rome he studied composition and, in 1835, began teaching flute at the Academy of Santa Cecilia. He then moved to Naples, where he was the flute teacher for the royal family.
Over the next couple of years he worked in Naples and Milan, and was flute teacher to the King’s brother. Then in 1841 he toured Europe and America, finally settling in London the following year.
In London he become a director of the instrument making firm Rudall and Rose and was responsible for several mechanical developments which are still in use today. He was appointed professor of flute at the Conservatoire in Florence in 1870, and remained there until his death in 1881. In 1996 the asteroid N. 7714 was named in his memory.
Briccialdi, known as “the Paganini of the flute,” was a remarkable virtuoso who toured Europe as a soloist and was responsible for several technical improvements to the flute—now standard features on the instrument. He ultimately settled in Florence and taught at the Florence Conservatory.
Giulio Briccialdi was a virtuoso flautist, composer, instrument maker and professor.
- Andantino con variations (Prima registrazione mordiale) after Paganini, for flute & guitar
- Ballabile di Concerto, for flute & orchestra
- Canzonetta with variations for flute & piano in C major
- Capriccio on themes from "Ernani", Op. 28
- Capriccio on themes from "I Lombardi", Op. 30
- Carnival of Venice for flute & orchestra Op. 77
- Character Piece 1865
- Duo Concertant for 2 flutes in F major, Op. 100/2
- Elegie di Ernst, for flute & piano, Op. 26
- Fantasia Dramatica on themes from "Aida" for flute & piano, Op. 134
- Fantasia for flute & piano on themes from Lucrezia Borgia
- Fantasia for flute & piano sull'opera Macbeth
- Fantasia for flute & piano, Op. 108
- Fantasia for flute & piano, Op. 57
- Fantasia on themes from "Il Trovatore"
- Fantasie for flute & piano after Giuseppe Verdi's la Traviata
- Fantasy on La traviata (after Verdi), for flute & orchestra
- Fantasy on themes from "Macbeth", Op. 47
- Flute Concerto in F major (pub.1850 by Richault)
- Flute Concerto No.2 in E♭ major, Op. 19
- Flute Concerto (No.3?) in A major, Op. 130
- Le Streghe, for flute & piano, Op. 138
- Pot-pourri fantastique on themes from Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini for wind quintet, Series 10, No 4
- Pot-pouri Fantastico, for flute & piano, Op. 46 ("Lucrezia e Lucia")
- Quintet for winds in B♭ major, Series 10, No 2
- Quintet for winds in B♭ major, Series 10, No.3
- Quintet for winds in D major, Op. 124
- Rigoletto-Fantasy for flute & piano, Op. 106
- Solo Romantico, Op. 72
- Theme and variations for flute & piano "Il carnevale di Venezia"
- 7714 Briccialdi, an asteroid named after Giulio Briccialdi
- Briccialdi Flutes, an Italian flute manufacturer named after Giulio Briccialdi
- de Lorenzo, Leonardo (1992). My Complete Story of the Flute: The Instrument, the Performer, the Music at Google Books, pages 135-6. Lubbock, Tex. : Texas Tech University Press. ISBN 0-89672-277-5.
- Toff, Nancy (1996). The Flute Book: A Complete Guide for Students and Performers at Google Books, page 56. New York: Oxford University Press US. ISBN 0-19-510502-8.