Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini (1743-1805) was born in Italy but lived in Spain from 1769, employed by the Infante Don Luis as "virtuoso di camera e compositor di musica". A prolific composer with a distinctive, courtly and gallant style, he is the chief representative of Latin instrumental music during the Classical period.
Boccherini´s immense output includes 91 string quartets, 30 symphonies, 137 quintets for various combinations of strings, multitudes of trios, keyboard quintets, sextets, and sonatas, two operas, and a mass.
Still his fame rest more or less on one particular minuet, originally from the String Quintet in E, Op. 13, No. 5, and the Cello Concerto in B-flat major (G 482).