Minoja, Ambrosio



Italian composer of opera and church-music; born at Ospitaletto, near Brescia, Italy. He studied under Nicolo Sala at Naples, and in 1772 succeeded Lampugnani at the Teatro della Scala, Milan, where from 1789 to 1809 he was maestro al cembalo at La Scala, and from 1814 to 1824 Inspector of Studies at the Conservatory. He wrote the opera, Zenobia, in Rome in 1788, and the opera, Tito nelle Gallic, given at La Scala, Milan, in 1787. An excellent singing-teacher, he wrote Solfeggi, and Lettere sopra il canto. He composed a march and a funeral symphony on the death of General Hoche, for which he obtained a gold medal from Bonaparte, and on that hero's coronation as King of Italy he wrote a Veni Creator and a Te Deum, which were performed in Milan Cathedral.