December 18, 2007
Giuseppe Nicolini (or Niccolini) was born in Piacenza, January 29th 1762 and died there December 18th 1842. Pupil of his father, Omobono Nicolini, and later of Giacomo Insanguine at the Conservatory of San Onofrio in Naples, which he left in 1792. In 1793 Nicolini produced his first opera, La famiglia stravagante at Parma, which was followed by some 60 others, written for Venice, Milan, Genoa, Rome, etc. Even after his appointment as maestro di cappella for Piacenza in 1819, he brought out half a dozen dramatic works, though not so successfully as before; he devoted the rest of his career to sacred compositions, including 7 oratorios, 40 masses, 2 requiems, 3 miserere, 6 litanies, 100 psalms, cantatas, etc. Also wrote sonatas for pianoforte, and for string-quartets he wrote several arias and canzonets.