Francesco Barsanti Italie Francesco Barsanti (1690?1772) was an Italian flautist, oboist and composer. He was born in the Tuscan city of Lucca, but spent most of his career in London.
In 1708, Barsanti travelled to Padova, intending to pursue an education in science; but, after having attended a number of concerts in that city, he eventually decide to dedicate himself to music.
Several years later, Barsanti completed his studies in Padova, and ventured to London, where he intended to be hired by an orchestra. And, this is where the composer would spend the majority of his life.
Briefly, in 1717, and once again, in 1718, Barsanti returned to his native city of Lucca to perform at the Santa Croce Holy Festival (an annual event organised by affluent Luccan statesmen, as a means to uphold the city musical notoriety).
In 1735, Barsanti decided to leave London, the city which had provided him with so much prosperity, and marry a woman of the Scottish aristocracy?the society of whom would eventually aid him in the publication of a modest repertoire. But, at length, he returned to London once again, but this time, performed as a violist.
After he had performed for years in divers London theatres, Barsanti suddenly died, in 1772, in an impoverished and destitute condition.