Sanctis, Cesare de



Church composer; born at Albano, near Rome. Was a pupil of Baini and other masters in Rome, and was appointed in 1860 a member of the committee of examiners of the Academy of St. Cecilia, then became director of music at various churches in Rome and in 1877 professor of counterpoint at the Liceo Musicale, devoting himself from then on to composing and teaching exclusively. Prior to that time Sanctis had conducted theatre orchestras in Rome, Verona and other cities in Italy. He composed a requiem mass for King Charles Albert; about one hundred fugues a capella in strict style; a concert-overture and other music, and also published a treatise on harmony and another on counterpoint and fugue. He was highly esteemed in Rome as a teacher.