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

  • Boccherini, Luigi 1743-1805. Italian composer noted for his chamber music and cello concertos.


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  • She likes Mozart, and old Boccherini, and Leonardo Leo.


  • You see, my father had engaged a string quintet to come in and play in the evening; and while they were playing Boccherini, someone came in and said the old queen had passed away.

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  • Hong Kong: Zhang Da Xun will play the cello in a Boccherini quintet, a Glinka sextet and Saint-Saens's "Carnival of the Animals."

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  • I'm perfectly happy to pop a little Boccherini into the CD player, and then follow that up with some Chris Isaak, Jack Johnson, Harry Connick, Jr., Future of Forestry never heard of 'em?

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  • But Haydn had the entire German musicological/music historical establishment working for him, while Boccherini was "marginal".


  • (Most of my listening has been taken up by my other holiday gift CD's, such as "Master and Commander", a boxed set of Segovia, four discs of Boccherini -- yep, I do listen to more than SF related music!)

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  • Boccherini became an ugly word in the Mott household and the cause for much hilarity, and it was used to puncture Rachel's Wellesley pretensions.


  • "You are a real musician," he counter-flattered; "tonight, for ze f6rst time, ze Boccherini was good, alzo I still have trouble mit ze Mozart und ze Dittersdorf."

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  • Ze Boccherini vas vun funeral march, not vun minuet.

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  • At the same time, in the musical world, Corelli was writing his jigs and sarabands, Geminiani penning one of the first instruction books for the Violin, and Tartini dreaming his "Sonata del Diavolo"; and while Guadagnini and the stars of lesser magnitude were exercising their calling, Viotti, the originator of a school of Violin-playing, was writing his concertos, and Boccherini laying the foundation of classical chamber-music of a light and pleasing character.

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