Emanuel Bartoli

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Mro. Emanuele Bartoli was born in 1853 at Mdina, but was raised in Ħal-Qormi and then raised his own family in Valletta.

Mro. Emanuele Bartoli is one of the maltese composers who has generally been forgotten. Suffice to note that not one single street bears his name. However, he was a prolific composer.

His father Luigi was a part-time musician (his main trade was in candle business) and must have been the person to instill in Em. Bartoli the love for music. Bartoli furthered his studies under the direction of Rev Giuseppe Spiteri Fremond, who when directing music in Qormi parish church must have observed and nurtured the musical talent of the young Bartoli.

Emmanuele Bartoli had his debut in composition and direction in 1871 during the feast of St Massimo when he directed his own sacred music compositions for this feast mass held in Qormi on 8th October 1871. From then on Bartoli kept on writing and directing music.

He was the musical director of the Soċjeta Filarmonika Pinto Banda San Sebastjan of Ħal-Qormi, Società Filarmonica Nazionale La Valette and of Għaqda Mużikali L'Isle Adam of Rabat.

He also directed the Band of the Royal Military Artillery for a long number of years. He had also a good tenor voice and sang in various churches. Furthermore he was the director of the choir of the Royal Opera House.

I am sharing a long list of his composition which were played by various bands in Malta during his lifetime. It is a list which I had gathered along a number of years while going through the various newspapers published in Malta. It certainly is not an exhaustive list of Bartoli’s compositions as he was very prolific and he has written a lot of sacred music.

He dead in the year 1923