Insanguine, Giacomo (Antonio Francesco Paolo Michele)

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Insanguine, Giacomo (Antonio Francesco Paolo Michele)

Insanguine, Giacomo (Antonio Francesco Paolo Michele), Italian composer, known as Monopoli; b. Monopoli, near Bari, March 22, 1728; d. Naples, Feb. 1, 1795. He studied with Abos and Feo at the Naples’s Poveri di Gesù cons. in 1743, and later that year entered the San Onofrio cons. to continue his training with Abos and Durante, becoming a mastricello upon the latter’s death in 1755. He became a teacher there (1767) and later secondo maestro (1774). From 1785 until his death he was primo maestro. He concurrently was made second organist at the Cappella del Tesoro di San Gennaro (1774), first organist (1776), and maestro di cappella there (1781). He wrote some 20 operas, about half of which are lost, as well as masses, cantatas, and other sacred works.


P. Lanizolotta, Non oro, non gemme: G I. detto Monopoli (Fasano di Brindisi, 1995).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire