Thursday, February 3, 2011

Giacomo Facco - Jupiter y Amphitrion – Anibal Cetrangolo, Ensemble Albalonga







Facco was born in Marsango, a small settlement near Padua and Venice. For many years he was a conductor in Italy. In 1705 he was in Palermo, employed as choirmaster, teacher and violin virtuoso by Carlo Antonio Spinola, Marquis of los Balbases (the Viceroy of Sicily). In 1708, Spinola Virrey transferred hisGiacomo Facco residence to Messina, and Facco followed him. In Messina he composed The Fight between the Mercy and the Incredulity. In 1710 he presented, in Messina Cathedral, his work The Augury of Victories, dedicated to King Felipe V.

In a report dated 22 January 1720, the Patriarch of the Indies, Cardinal Carlos de Borja de Centelles and Ponce of León, Archbishop of Trebisonda, wrote that Facco had an excellent pay in the Court of the King of Spain (having rejected an offer, of equal pay, by the Portuguese Court), where Spinola was Ambassador of King Felipe V. On 9 February Facco was named Clavichord Master to the Prince of Asturias, the Infant Luis, the future King Luis I. Facco subsequently became Clavichord Master to the infant Prince of Asturias (future king Fernando VI), and, since 1 October 1731, to the infant Don Carlos (future king Carlos III).

In 1720, when Facco was considered one of the best composers of the time, the city council of Madrid commissioned him to compose an opera on a libretto by Jose de Cañizares. The opera was titled Love is all Invention, or, Jupiter and Amphitrion, and was released in the Coliseo of the Good Retirement. It was dedicated to Saints Martha and Mary to celebrate the marriage of Facco's student, Prince de Asturias, and Isabel of Orleans (which occurred in January 1721).

Facco fell victim of his scheming colleagues: he slowly lost all of his positions until, in the last years of his life, he was merely a violinist in the Orchestra of the Royal Chapel. He died in Madrid on February 16, 1753.



ape, scans


  1. How interesting, shame, but I didn't know neither this composer nor his opera. This is new baroque discover for me. Many thanks.

  2. Thank you very much for you blog, dear Otto. The link of part 6 is broken, and that is really a pity.


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