Italian teacher, lecturer and writer; born at Naples. He studied singing and piano with his father, and theory and composition with Lillo and Conti. He became a noted lecturer in Naples, and since 1874 has been professor of aesthetics and musical history at the Naples Conservatory. Under the nom de plume Acuti, he has contributed much to the Gazzetta Musicale of Milan, and the Neapolitan Journal of Philosophy and Letters. He has written excellent biographical and critical sketches of great composers. His compositions are sacred and chamber-music; but most of them have not been printed.