• Antonio Lotti (1667-1740) Italian composer and organist.
  • The first part of his life is spent in Hanover where his father Matteo is chapel master of the Electoral Court.
  • Back to Venice, he becomes a pupil of Giovanni Legrenzi and enters the service of Saint Mark's Basilica where he climbs all the levels, singer then assistant organist before becoming first titular organist from 1704. He then become (1736) Maître de Chapelle at Saint-Marc (Capella Marciana), a position he holds until his death.
  • Married (1708) to the soprano Santa Stella (Santina), he obtained leave (in 1717) to go with his Italian troop to Dresden, capital of the prince elector of Saxony where several of his operas are represented.
  • He returned to Venice in 1719 and remained there until his death. He abandoned his stage activities to devote himself to sacred and instrumental music. A sought-after professor, he teaches orphans at the Ospedale degli Incurabili, an establishment sought after by the Venetian nobility.
  • Like many musicians of his time, Lotti composed in all genres: twenty masses with three or four voices, fifty cantatas, motets, madrigals, thirty operas and secular instrumental music. His sacred a cappella works are in a traditional polyphonic style but many other works are written with accompaniment of strings and basso continuo.
  • The Miserere for four voices (1734) and the Crucifixus (1718) for six, eight and ten voices (three versions) are considered among the most beautiful of their time.