Domenico Corri

b.Rome 1746, d.London 1825

Composer, music publisher and teacher.

In 1770 his opera La Raminga Fedele was produced and after meeting Edward Burney in Rome, he was invited on the latter’s recommendation to conduct the concerts of the Musical Society of Edinburgh.

Corri arrived in Scotland with his wife and family, his wife once having been one of his singing pupils, on a contract initially for three years. He became manager of Vauxhall pleasure gardens in London and the Theatre Royal in Edinburgh.

Corri suffered from financial difficulties on various occasions. In 1779 a music publishing business was established in the name of his son John, and after being in business alone for about a year, James Sutherland joined him and the firm continued until the latter’s death in 1790.

About this time Domenico Corri moved to London and became a music publisher in Soho, specialising in publishing vocal music.In 1774 his opera Alessandro nell’Indie was produced, and his son-in-law Jan Ladislav Dussek joined the publishing firm in 1794. Further financial problems faced Corri, and about 1800 Dussek fled abroad, leaving Corri to carry on the business which was eventually taken over by his son Montague in 1804. In 1806 The Travellers, Domenico Corri’s most successful opera was produced. From about 1820, Corri’s health deteriorated.

Corri lived at the time when the practice of the figured bass was in decline and he devised a new system of accompaniments and this can be seen in his publication “A select Collection of the most admired songs, etc.” (3 volumes) of which there are two copies in the Wighton Collection, all 3 volumes also being available on microfiche.

In “The Singer’s Preceptor”, published 1810, there is an autobiographical note by Corri himself (dated 1st November ), ending with the following delightfully obvious publicity for his wife’s contributions to the family income; NB Mrs Corri also instructs in vocal and instrumental music.(!)

There is also a copy of “The Singer’s Preceptor” in the Wighton Collection.

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