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Capranica [Capranico], Matteo

James L. Jackman and Luisella Molina

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b ?Amatrice, Rieti, Aug 26, 1708; d ?Naples, after 1776). Italian composer. Early sources giving him a Roman background and connection with a noble family apparently confused him with Domenico Capranica (1791–1870). He is said to have studied in Naples at the Conservatory of S Onofrio with Nicola Porpora, Ignazio Prota and Francesco Feo. He then worked as maestro di cappella in various Neapolitan churches, wrote sacred music and produced a number of operas, beginning, as was customary with young composers in the city, with a comedy in 1736. He received commissions for several occasional works from outside Naples, for example the oratorio Debbora to celebrate the entry of one Anna M. Masini into the convent of S Chiara in Cesena, and a cantata for the city of Malta. No evidence has been found to support the legend that he completed the score of La finta frascatana...

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