Undoubtedly, Italy is the most influential country in the history of world music. Many other nations took over this position in the 19th century, but despite that, Italy’s supremacy persisted for a long time, beginning before the fall of the Roman Empire.
Opera and oratorio are the two original music genres in Italy. The composition of the later Cavaliere and Peri, the previous Caccini, laid the first steps towards the great theatrical music and choral works we still hear today.
Italia is the place to witness the development of the sonata, although the last ones who created the perfection of this genre are Haydn and Mozart. It is also found that Domenico Scarlatti has composed many fugue, sonata and many other solo works. These works were performed with very skillful techniques, so he was called the father of modern piano playing.
In opera, Peri was quickly overshadowed by Monteverdi, while in the late 17th century, Alessandro Scarlatti covered it all. Meanwhile, many other countries followed the lead of Italy.
It is understood why the musical terms are all in Italian, they form a list of words specific to music and are more widely known than any other language. Even that makes the efforts of some modern composers a failure when trying to introduce some terms from the language of their country.
Mozart came to Italy in 1770 and then spent some time there. Like Gluck, Mozart has achieved great success from a series of operas and received many titles, including knighthood. An unusual thing about him is that he can record a work entirely by memory after just one listening.
If foreign composers have settled in Italy, there are also many Italian composers who have traveled abroad and have achieved much success there. In this way, in 1776, composer Giovanni Paisiello was assigned to take charge of music at the Tsarist Palace and later became an important part of the music life here.