Capocci, Gaetano

1811-1898

The Capoccis were two highly distinguished organists of the Church of St. John Lateran, Rome, Gaetano, the father having been born and reared in the Eternal City. He pursued his musical studies under Sante Pascoli, the organist at St. Peter's, studying counterpoint afterward with Valentino Fioravanti and composition with Francesco Cianciarelli. He received the diploma of organist in 1831 and in 1833 that of composer from the Academy of St. Cecilia. He held various posts of importance and finally was made organist at the Lateran, which position he held until his death. His sacred compositions were used frequently at that church up to his death and include forty-two pieces, mostly masses, motets, and psalms, all adhering closely to the ecclesiastical style of the Italian School.