(b San Vito degli Schiavi [now San Vito dei Normanni], nr Brindisi, 5 Aug. 1694; d Naples, 31 Oct. 1744). Italian composer and teacher. He studied at the Conservatorio S. Maria della Pietà dei Turchini in Naples, where he had a sacred opera performed in 1712, and in 1714 became an organist in the royal chapel. In 1725 he succeeded Alessandro Scarlatti as first organist; he was appointed pro-vicemaestro in 1730 and vicemaestro in 1737, and finally became maestro in 1744, shortly before his death. He was active as a teacher from 1737, becoming primo maestro at the Conservatorio S. Onofrio in 1739 and at the Turchini in 1741.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.