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Pulli, Pietro

James L. Jackman and Marita P. McClymonds

in Oxford Music Online

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

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(b Naples, c1710; d 1759 or later). Italian composer. His earliest known activity as a composer dates from autumn 1731, when he provided six arias for the revival, with musical alterations by Giuseppe Sellitto, of Leonardo Vinci's La mogliere fedele at the Teatro Nuovo, Naples; the libretto, by B. Saddumene, calls him ‘famosissimo sonatore di arceliuti e contrapuntisto’. In other works he is named simply as Neapolitan maestro di cappella. He worked at least until 1734 in Naples, where he set the two dialect operas, Li zitelle de lo vòmmero (1731) and La marina de Chiaja (1734). These works are of some historical interest, since they involve quasi-Arcadian settings, a new, scenographically decorative element.

The remainder of Pulli's operas were produced in north Italy, suggesting that he had moved there at least as early as 1739. He probably went first to Modena, where Brosses found his music for the translation of Lamotte's comedy ...

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Subjects: Baroque Music

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