Fiocco, Joseph Hector
Joseph-Hector Fiocco was a high and late Baroque Flemish composer and violinist. His musical education was provided by his father, the Italian composer Pietro Antonio Fiocco, and one of his older brothers (he had 15 siblings, including the composer and choirmaster Jean-Joseph). He was both a Greek and Latin scholar. He served as a composer in Antwerp's cathedral, where he was in control of the services' instruments. In 1737, he returned to Brussels and served at St. Gudule's Church. At the age of 38, he died in Brussels. Lamentations du Jeudi Saint, Missa solemnis, and Pièces de Clavecin are some of his more well-known books. His two harpsichord suites, devoted to the Duke of Arenberg, combine French and Italian influences. The first suite starts in Couperin's style and concludes with four movements in the Italian style: adagio, allegro, andante, and vivace. His Allegro, which is part of the Suzuki violin repertoire Book 6, is also well-known among Suzuki violin students. This work is often performed at weddings and has been arranged for string quartet. He composed a variety of sacred vocal compositions, such as motets and masses. At the Concert Spirituel, his arrangement of the psalm Laudate pueri was a longtime favorite.
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