Luigi Bottazzo

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Luigi Bottazzo (9 July 1845 – 29 December 1924) was an Italian organist and composer.[1]


Early years[edit]

Luigi Botazzo c.1901–10 by A. Pospisil.

Bottazzo was born in Presina di Piazzola, Padua, Italy. At the age of nine he was permanently blinded in an accident. He received a musical education in counterpoint, organ and piano at Padua's Institute for the Blind, where at the age of nineteen he joined the staff.[2]


In 1865, he was appointed organist of the church of Santa Croce, Padua.[2] In 1872 he was appointed the organist of the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua. Throughout his life Bottazzo was a keen supporter of liturgical reform and a proponent of the Cecilian Movement in church music.[1]

In 1895, he joined the staff of Conservatorio di Musica di Padova as organ teacher and as a result published several pedagogical works,[1] and a history of sacred music in Italy.[2]

Bottazzo died in Padua on 29 December 1924.[1]


Bottazzo's catalogue of more than 500 works,[2] includes music for piano, harmonoium and organ, solo, chamber and orchestral works, songs,[1] and liturgical music, with over 40 mass-settings to his name.[2]


  • 25 Trios, op. 101;
  • 24 Preludi facili, op. 104;
  • 100 Versetti, op. 105 (2 volumi);
  • Preludio per G.O., op. 113;
  • 6 Pezzi per organo, op. 120;
  • la Santa Messa, op. 126;
  • Corale ed Offertorio, op. 194;
  • Missa Pastoralis ad duas voces aequales, op. 198
  • Messa Breve e Facile a due voci dispari in onore di San Martino vescovo
  • 7 Marce religiose, op. 204;
  • Piccola Suite, op. 207;
  • Messa VIII "Degli angeli", op. 208 a
  • Sonata in Re minore, op. 210;
  • Messa S.Teresa del Bambin Gesù, op.229;
  • Messa S.Clara Vergine, op.262;
  • Laudate Eum in Chordis et Organo, op. 269 (sette entrate solenni);
  • XII Motecta Natalicia ad chorum unius vocis mediae, op. 278
  • 4 Pastorali, op. 279;
  • Missa pro Defunctis, op. 281;
  • Messa S.Tarcisio, op.318;
  • Laus Tibi Christe, op. 339;
  • Messa nuziale, op. 368;
  • Missa in honorem S. Luciae ad duas voces aequales, op. 180
  • Pange lingua, op 347 a
  • Ave Maris Stella, op. 347 b


  • (n.d.) | Brevi nozioni sulle forme musicali (Turin).
  • (n.d.) | L'organista di chiesa. Breve metodo per organo (Milan, n.d.).
  • (n.d.) | Studi sulla periodologia musicale (Padua).
  • (n.d.) | e Metodo teorico-pratico di armonia (Padua).
  • (1901) | L'armonium quale strumento liturgico. Metodo teorico-pratico (Turin).
  • (1901) | L'allievo al piano. Metodo teorico-pratico per imparare a suonare il pianoforte (Turin).
  • (1902) | Sul vero significato di due termini musicali (Padua).
  • (1905) | Metodo di canto corale ad uso delle scholae cantorum (Turin).
  • (1926) | Memorie storiche sulla riforma della musica sacra in Italia (Padua).


External links[edit]


  • A. Della Corte e G.M. Gatti. Dizionario di Musica (Torino: Paravia Edizioni 1958).[1]
  1. ^ a b c d e f 'Luigi Bottazza' Wikipedia Italia. Online resource, accessed 6 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f ''Luigi Bottazzo' in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Volume 13 (1971). Online resource, accessed 7 March 2022>
  3. ^ Andrew Pink. 'Exordia ad missam' : my lockdown recordings 2020-22, online resource, accessed 16 March 2022.