Giovanni Battista Draghi (composer)
Giovanni Battista Draghi (c 1640 - 1708) was an Italian
composerand keyboard player.
Draghi was brought to
Londonin the 1660s by King Charles II who was trying, unsuccessfully, to establish Italian operain England. He remained in England for the rest of his life.
In 1673 Draghi was made first organist of the queen's Catholic chapel in
Somerset House. In 1684 he took part in what became known as the "Battle of the Organs". He was hired by master organ maker Renatus Harristo demonstrate the superiority of his organ when Harris was trying to gain the contract to build the new organ for the Temple Church. Harris' rival "Father" Bernard Smithhired organists and composers John Blowand Henry Purcellto demonstrate his organ and won the contest.
Draghi was awarded a pension by King William III in 1698.
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