Sunday, July 12, 2009

Italian: Capo pazzo • English: mad head • French: tête folle • German: verrückter Kopf

Mad heads are found in all professions. But it is difficult to believe that a composer of beautiful Baroque music, such as the Italian violinist-composer Francesco Maria Veracini (1690-1768) had his dark side:
During the following ten years [1723 and after], during which he was generally inFlorence, he earned a continuing reputation for mental instability, exemplified by an attempt to kill his wife and by eccentricities that brought him the descriptive title of Capo pazzo (mad head).
Keith Anderson (English version), Jeremy Drake (French translation), and Teresa Pieschacón Raphael (German version): Francesco Maria Veracini (1690-1768). Brochure accompanying NAXOS compact disc 8.553413: Veracini, Complete Overtures and Concertos Vol. 2 • Accademia I Filarmonici • Alberto Martini.

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