(b Masserano, nr Vercelli, 23 Oct. 1773; d Novara, 3 Nov. 1832). Italian composer. He studied in Rome and Naples, and his first compositions were mostly sacred. After 1800 he mainly wrote operas, producing more than 50 by the end of his long career. His early works were predominantly opere buffe and farse, most notably Pamela nubile (Venice, 1804), written after Goldoni. His later production included opere serie, but after about 1815 he inevitably suffered from comparisons with the all-conquering Rossini. He spent his last years as maestro di cappella at the cathedral in Novara.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.