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Luigi Boccherini
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    (February 19, 1743-May 28, 1805)
    Resided in Madrid, Spain
    Best known for the ‘Minuet' from his String Quintet in E, Opus 11, #5
    Wrote string sonatas, trios, quartets, quintets, and concertos
    He didn't take criticism well.
    When the King of Spain asked him to cut a musical phrase from a composition, he made it louder instead, just to be an ass.
    He was immediately fired from his job.
    One critic said his ‘entire output is only remembered for that famous little minuet tortured by countless string players.'
    Many people think the minuet is by Mozart or Haydn.
    His musical style was so similar to Haydn's that he was called ‘the wife of Haydn' or even ‘the female Haydn' (that's gotta hurt).
    He was a gifted cellist.
    He was one of the first composers to use cello as a solo instrument.
    He incorporated Spanish folk music into his classical pieces.
    He outlived both his wives and two of his daughters.
    He died destitute.
    He influenced Mozart.
    His music was used in the movie ‘Master and Commander.'

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