Barbella, Emanuele, Italian violinist, teacher, and composer; b. Naples, April 14, 1718; d. there, Jan. 1, 1777. He spent his entire life in Naples. After training from his father, Francesco Barbella, maestro di violino and composer at the Cons, di S. Maria di Loreto, he studied with Angelo Zaga and Pasqualino Bini before completing his training in theory and composition with Michele Cabbalone and Leonardo Leo. He was first violinist in the orch. of the Teatro Nuovo (1753–56), and then was a member of the royal chapel. From 1761 he played in the orch. of the Teatro San Caro. Barbella wrote the opera Elmira generosa (Naples, 1753; in collaboration with N. Logroscino), violin sonatas, duo sonatas, and trio sonatas.
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