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1799-1809 - Princes Street (Mayfair)

Francesco Cianchettini was born in Rome in 1765/6. He was in London by 1799 where he married Bohemia-born singer Veronika Dussek, sister of the virtuoso pianist J.L. Dussek. He joined forces with Italian cello player Sperati and published a series of twenty-seven symphonies in score editions each month between 1807 and 1809. They used the imprint London: Printed for Cianchettini & Sperati Publishers and Importers of Classical Music, no. 5 Princes Street, Cavendish Square’. 

Apart from eighteen symphonies by Joseph Haydn and six pieces by Mozart, Beethoven’s first three symphonies were published here as score editions for the first time in a type that would not be common on the Continent until the 1820s. The first edition in voices, published in 1804 by a Vienna publisher, served as master.

Beethoven did not know about this edition and did not receive any remuneration. Neither was it Beethoven who dedicated the composition to Prince-Regent George of England but the publishers. Francesco’s son Pio Cianchettini, composer and pianist, was born in London 1799. At the age of five, he appeared at the Opera House as an infant prodigy. A year later, he travelled with his father through Holland, Germany and France, where he was hailed as the ‘English Mozart’. In 1809, he performed a concerto of his own composition in London. He published cantatas (e.g. on words from Paradise Lost), Italian nocturnes, and other vocal and piano music.

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