from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista 1710-1736. Italian composer who wrote the comic opera The Maid as Mistress (1733).


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  • The smile of approval on Molly's face seemed to imply that this man was safe, that surely no one called Pergolesi -- writer of sacred music -- could possibly mean ill to the assembled company.

    The Body Ricardo

  • New York audiences will also see him in Morris's "Mosaic and United," a new work by the young German choreographer Joachim Schlomer and a glorious solo called "Pergolesi," choreographed for him by Twyla Tharp.

    Just Follow The Feet

  • In each case, these older models have been thoroughly Stravinsky-ized, as in the ballet "Pulcinella"—based on what the composer incorrectly believed to be music of the 18th-century composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi—where sliding trombones the musical equivalent of slipping on a banana peel intrude to remind us of the music's real author.

    Stravinsky Crashes the Party

  • The first was the posthumous success of Pergolesi's 1733 subversive Neapolitan comedy, La Serva Padrona, in which a maid outwits and marries her master.

    Opera through the ages

  • Stravinsky himself featured in the Sinfonietta's solo programme, dubbed Cover Versions, though his Suite Italienne – arranged from his ballet Pulcinella, itself arranged from originals by Pergolesi and others – is really a cover of a cover.

    London Sinfonietta/Collon – review

  • After lunch at a Kentucky Fried Chicken I was swept up to see a graduation recital by a talented 20-year-old tenor dressed in tails at a local music school singing Pergolesi, Mozart and Bach and then on to a museum of Nigerian history.

    Michael Kaiser: My Trip to Lagos

  • He boldly took stole - themes he thought were all by the 18th-century Italian composer Pergolesi, though it turned out some of them were actually by a number of other minor composers.

    Composer-Conductor Pierre Boulez At 85

  • Church music dominates, with classics by Bach, Pergolesi and Mozart complemented by lesser-known works by CM Widor, Samuel Wesley and Orlando Gibbons.

    David Rees-Williams: Back from Before

  • BROWNING: The Pergolesi disk sold over 250,000 copies.

    Harmonia Mundi Defies The Music Industry Blues

  • BROWNING: If you chose "Stabat Mater" by the Italian baroque composer Pergolesi, you might have a future in the classic-record business, and you'd be following in the path of a relatively small but sturdy classical music recording company Harmonia Mundi.

    Harmonia Mundi Defies The Music Industry Blues

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