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Filippo Gragnani (Composer)

Born: 3rd September 1768, Livorno, Italy

Died: 28th July 1820, Livorno, Italy

Nationality: Italian

Filippo Gragnani was an Italian guitarist and composer.

Gragnani was born in Livorno, the son of Antonio Gragnani. Coming from a family of notable luthiers and musicians, he studied music in his home town with Giulio Maria Lucchesi, first studying the violin then later devoting himself to the guitar, becoming known as a virtuoso performer.

Gragnani first published works for guitar and chamber music in Milan around the beginning of the 19th century with the publishers Ricordi and Monzino. During these times he travelled to Germany and eventually settled in Paris by 1810.