(b Milan, c.1735; d Milan, 19 Dec. 1801). Italian composer. He succeeded Sammartini as organist at the Milan court in 1768 and as maestro in 1775 and held posts in other Milanese churches. He also enjoyed a successful career as an opera composer, concentrating mainly on opera seria for Milan. His fusion of Italian and French elements, characteristic of opera of the period, is notable in Ifigenia in Tauride (1784), which included complex contrapuntal choruses and pantomime as well as lyrical melodies. On being appointed maestro of Milan Cathedral in 1787 he abandoned opera, becoming known instead as a leading composer of sacred music.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.