(b Rome, 20 Dec. 1786; d Rome, 30 Oct. 1853). Italian composer. He studied at the Naples Conservatory and first made his name as a composer of opere buffe and farse. After a period as maestro di cappella in Acireale in Sicily, where he wrote mostly sacred music, he settled in Naples (and later Palermo) and pursued a career as a teacher, theorist, and opera composer. His greatest success was with Il ventaglio (Naples, 1831). In spite of some experiments he found difficulty in adapting to the new, more highly charged operatic language that gained currency in the 1830s with the international fame of Bellini and Donizetti.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.