Crucifixus in 8 Parts by Antonio Lotti (1667 – 1740)
Arranged by Carla Rees
For flexible 8 part flute ensemble: 0-3 flutes, 1-6 alto flutes, 2 bass flutes and optional contrabass flute.
Score and parts Duration: 2' 30″
This flexible arrangement for flutes is ideally suited to an ensemble of predominantly low flutes, but C flutes may be used on the upper parts to provide brightness of tone.
Antonio Lotti (1667 – 1740) was born in Venice and started singing at St Mark’s in 1687. He later became the organist at St Mark’s and composed operas, masses and madrigals. He spent two years on leave in Dresden, where he wrote a further three operas. He returned to his work at St Mark’s, eventually becoming maestro di cappella in 1736. He had a number of students, including Benedetto Marcello, Giuseppi Saratelli and Jan Dismas Zelenka. He also taught at one of the four Ospedali in Venice (the Pietà, which Vivaldi taught at, was another of the four). Lotti’s music was influential amongst his contemporaries, and there are surviving manuscripts of his music which were written out by Handel, and Lotti’s music is also believed to have been included in Bach’s library.