Bomtempo, Joao Domingo

About 1775-1842

Portuguese composer, pianist, and director. He was born at Lisbon, about 1775. In 1795 he settled in Paris, and with a period of absence in London, remained at the French capital until 1820, in which year he returned to Lisbon. In his native city he founded a Philharmonic Society, was made head of the Conservatory, held the post of instructor of the Royal family and director of the Court band. He was the author of operas, church music, compositions for the piano, and of a Method for Piano.