Basili, Francesco, Italian conductor and composer; b. Loreto, Jan. 31, 1767; d. Rome, March 25, 1850. He studied with his father, Andrea Basili, with Giovanni Battista Borghi, and at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Jannaconi. After conducting in Foligno, Macerata, and Loreto, he served as director of the Milan Cons. (1827–37) and maestro di cappella at St. Peter’s in Rome (from 1837).
DRAMATIC: Opera: Lfl bella incognita (Rome, Carnival 1788); La Locandiera (Rome, Carnival 1789); II ritorno di Ulisse (Florence, Sept. 1, 1798); Achille all’assedio di Troia (Florence, Dec. 26, 1798); Antigona (Venice, Dec. 5, 1799); Conviene adattarsi (Venice, 1801); L’unione mal pensata (Venice, Dec. 27, 1801); Lo stravagante e il dissipatore (Venice, 1805); L’ira di Achille (Venice, Ian. 30, 1817); L’orfana egiziana (Venice, Jan. 1818); Gl’Illinesi (Milan, Jan. 26, 1819); II califfo e la schiava (Milan, Aug. 21, 1819); Isaura e Ricciardo (Rome, Jan. 29, 1820). OTHER: Syms.; Piano Concerto; chamber music; numerous sacred works, including oratorios, masses, Magnificats, Psalms, motets, offertories, and cantatas.
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