Giordani, Giuseppe

1744-1798.

Italian opera composer; born at Naples; studied at the Conservatory of Loreto, at Naples. His first opera was produced at Pisa in 1771. In 1772 he went to London, where he remained for ten years, teaching and composing many works, then returned to Italy, continuing to compose; and in 1791 he became chapelmaster at Fermo Cathedral, where he remained until his death. He was a most prolific composer, producing about thirty operas performed in Rome, Venice, many other Italian cities, and London, where his II Bacio was especially popular. His compositions include much chamber-music; string quartets; violin concertos; thirty trios; piano sonatas for two and four hands; five books of vocal solos; soprano duets; exercises and preludes for piano; and a considerable amount of manuscript, chiefly sacred music.