Lodovico Giustini

Italian composer

Lodovico Giustini (12 December 1685 – 7 February 1743) was an Italian composer, harpsichordist and organist. He is famous for having written the first pieces of music specifically for the piano.

He was born in Pistoia. His family were musicians. He became the organist at the church of S. Ignazio after his father died. He performed cantatas and wrote religious music. In 1734 he became the organist at S. Maria dell'Umiltà, the cathedral in Pistoia.[1]

He is most famous for his set of 12 sonatas. They were published in Florence in 1732. They were meant to be played on a Cimbalo di piano e forte (English: Harpsichord of soft and strong [sound]), which is another word for the piano at that time. The sonatas have many dynamic markings. This was possible to play on the piano, but not on the harpsichord.[2]


  1. Fanelli, Jean Grundy (2001). "Giustini, Lodovico". Grove Music Online (8th ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.11239.
  2. Harding, Rosamond (1932). "The Earliest Pianoforte Music". Music & Letters. 13 (2): 195–199. doi:10.1093/ml/XIII.2.195. ISSN 0027-4224. JSTOR 726754.

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