Niccolini, Giuseppe

1762-1842

 

Italian composer of a great number of dramatic and sacred works, popular in their day but now almost forgotten. Born in Piacenza, the son of a musicmaster who gave him his first instruction. He was a pupil at the Conservatory of San Onofrio of Naples until 1792. The next year he produced his first opera at Parma. This he followed with more than fifty others which met with success when presented in the principal cities of Italy. He received in 1819 the appointment of music-director at the Piacenza Cathedral and then composed mostly sacred works including thirty masses, two requiems, psalms, hymns, litanies, etc. Other of his pieces are for piano and strings.