Teacher and composer of operas; born at Altamura, near Bari. At the Conservatory della Pieta at Naples he was the pupil of Sala and Cafaro, under whom he became student teacher, and assistant in harmony and whom he succeeded as conductor at the San Carlo Theatre. In 1799 he was made professor of harmony, and in 1800 professor of composition and counterpoint at the Conservatory. In 1816 he succeeded Paisiello as master of music of the Royal Chapel. He died in Naples. In his operas he seems to have endeavored to combine Italian ideas of melody with the practical harmony of Germany. He wrote La Belinda; II Principe riconosciuto; Don Procopio; Le Avventure Amorose Arninio; I due Gemelli, L'lnganno Fortunato, ossia la Proba Reciproca; Le Trame Spiritose; Gli Americani; Alessandro in Efeso; Albino in Siria; La parola d'onora; Zelinda e Rodrigo, and many others. Among his pupils were Farinelli and Spontini.