Francesco Sangalli was born in Romanengo (Italy), a village 50 km east of Milan, on january 31, 1820. His father's name was Luigi, and his mother's Rosa Dognini.
At the age of 11 he started to attend the "Conservatorio di Musica di Milano" where he studied the piano and composition. Here he met Bottesini, who was born in Crema, a town not far from his own birth place and became his friend and collegue. After a brilliant graduation, he devoted himself to teaching music in the Conservatoire and to the composition of opera and chamber music. He composed about one hundred pieces for the piano, the organ and many songs. His work shows great loftiness of style and a strong modernism, if compared to the style of his contemporaries. At the age of 25 he composed his main opera, Alboino, which was performed in the world famous opera house "La Scala di Milano". In 1888 he composed a Mass for three male voices that gave him some fame and merits. Beyond his musical skills, Sangalli was also known as an active, learned and charitable person, with a mild and humble disposition; he regarded friendship as one of the most important values. He died in Varese on september 22, 1892 and was buried there. Most of his work was gathered and preserved in the library of the Conservatoire of Milan.
There are no recordings of his works, so during the last few years I decided to edit some audio files, which I am happy to provide in MIDI format for all those interested in good nineteenth century Italian music.
If you want more information, do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail. I have files of much better quality.
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