Geminiano Giacomelli

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Geminiano Giacomelli (sometimes Jacomelli) (May 28, 1692 – January 25, 1740) was an Italian composer.

Giacomelli was born in Piacenza. In 1724 he was named to the post of Kapellmeister to the duke of Parma. Beginning with the first performance of his opera Ipermestra, in 1724, he became one of the most popular opera composers of his era. Between 1724 and 1740 he composed 19 operas. His best known opera is Cesare in Egitto of 1735. He also wrote a deal of sacred music, including eight psalm settings for tenor and bass, and some concertos with continuo. In 1738 Giacomelli again became Kapellmeister, this time at the Basilica della Santa Casa in Loreto; he died in Loreto in 1740.

List of works



  • Lucio Papirio dittatore (music of Giacomelli and Handel) (King's Theatre, London, 1732)
  • Circe (Theatre am Gänsemarkt, Hamburg, 1734)


The reference given there was:

  • A. Della Corte and G.M. Gatti, Dizionario di musica, Paravia, 1956, pag. 255

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