Francesco Maria Veracini (1690 - 1768)
A native of Florence, the Italian composer and violinist Veracini enjoyed an international career as a performer, appearing at important events in Venice and in London before being engaged for some years at the court in Dresden. In later years he appeared intermittently in London, where he was also associated with opera. His final years were spent once more in Florence. He was among the leading violinists of his time.
The best known of Veracini’s compositions for the violin are the 12 Sonate accademiche of 1744, an original contribution to the repertoire. Other compositions include overtures and a series of concerti grossi.