There is no surer way of evading the world than by Art;
and no surer way of uniting with it than by Art.
Johann Wolfgang von Geothe
In 1735, composer, violinist and organist Giovanni Battista Pergolesi moved from Naples, where he lived and worked, to a Franciscan monastery in the nearby small town of Pozzuoli. The reason was tuberculosis. After a year, on March 16, 1736, the sickness caused the death of the 26-year-old composer. During this year, Pergolesi created his most significant work, the Stabat Mater cantata in F minor.