Carlo Alfredo Piatti

Carlo Alfredo Piatti (January 8, 1822 – July 18, 1901) was an Italian cellist. He was born at Borgo Canale, in Bergamo and died in Mozzo, 4 miles from Bergamo.

The cellist Alfredo Piatti made his concert debut at 15 and started touring at 16. No one doubted the young virtuoso's skill on the instrument, but he did not draw large crowds. As a result, when Piatti fell ill during an engagement, he was forced to sell his cello to cover the medical costs. Franz Liszt invited him to appear as a guest performer at one of his recitals; stunned by what the boy could do on a borrowed cello, Liszt presented him with a superb new instrument. Piatti went on to become one of the most celebrated cellists of his day, as popular for the pieces he wrote as for the robust and unsentimental way he performed them.

The son of a violinist, Antonio Piatti, he originally began his studies on the violin before switching to the cello. As a cellist, he studied under his grandfather, Gaetario Zanetti, a great cellist. After two years of studying, he joined the theater orchestra, where he played for three months - for ten shillings, half of which his grandfather took. After Zanetti's death, he became a pupil at the "conservatorio" of Milan under Merighi. From 1838, he journeyed over Europe, playing with extraordinary success in all the important cities of the continent. In 1844 he appeared before the London public at a Philharmonic Concert. In 1859, on the foundation of the Popular Concerts, he took up the work with which he was most intimately connected for thirty-nine seasons. He retained until 1897 the post of first violoncello at these famous chamber concerts, during the latter half of each series. He played a Stradivarius which now is named after him Piatti and is owned by the Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto.

He composed two cello concertos, one cello concertino, six cello sonatas, lieder for voice and cello accompaniment, and cello solos, as well as a cello method.


Cello Solo

*"Capriccio over a theme from Niobe by Giovanni Pacini op. 22" for cello solo (on the aria, cavatina, "I tuoi frequenti palpiti")
*"Twelve Caprices for cello solo, op. 25"

Cello and Piano

*"Air Baskyrs op. 8"
*"Am Meer, Serenade, Ave Maria" (Franz Schubert / Alfredo Piatti)
*"Canto di primavera" for cello and piano
*"Canzonetta" for cello and piano
*"Danza moresca" for cello and piano
*"Elegia per la morte di Cavour" for cello and piano
*"Entreaty / Supplication / Bitte" for cello and piano
*"Follia su un’aria di Geminiani" for cello and piano
*"Gagliarda" for cello and piano
*"Impromptu sopra un’aria di Purcell nella “Regina indiana" for cello and piano
*"Introduction and Variations on a theme from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor op. 2" for cello and piano
*"Introduzione e Allegro alla Spagnuola" for cello and piano
*"La Bergamasca op. 14" for cello and piano
*"Gita in gondola / La Danza" for cello and piano
*"Les Fiancés op. 7" for cello and piano
*"Mazurka Sentimentale op. 6" for cello and piano
*"Notturno op.20" for cello and piano
*"Ossian’s song, Ballad" for cello and piano
*"Passetemps Sentimental op. 4"
*"Pioggia d’Aprile" for cello and piano
*"Sérénade Italienne op. 17" for cello and piano
*"Siciliana op. 19" for cello and piano
*"Souvenir de la Sonnambula op. 5" for cello and piano
*"Tarantella op. 23" for cello and piano
*"Tema e Variazioni" for cello and piano
*"The race – La corsa" for cello and piano
*"Rimembranze del "Trovatore" di Verdi, Op. 20"

Cello and Orchestra

*"Air Baskyrs" op.8
*"Entreaty / Supplication / Bitte"
*"Serenata for two cellos and orchestra"
*"Theme and Variations"

Two Cellos

*"Elegia per la morta di Anton Rubinstein"
*"Serenata for two cellos and orchetra"
*"Serenata for two cellos and piano"

Four Cellos

*"ln Vacanza" (On Holiday) (1891)

Transcriptions of works by other composers

Brahms-Piatti: "Twenty-One Hungarian Dances" (1881)


*1911 [ Alfredo Piatti Official Website] [ Piatti 12 Caprices info]

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