Nini, Alessandro, Italian composer; b. Fano, near Pesaro, Nov. 1, 1805; d. Bergamo, Dec. 27, 1880. He studied with Luigi Palmerini at the Liceo Musicale in Bologna. In 1830 he accepted the post of director of the singing school in St. Petersburg, returning to Italy in 1837. Eventually he moved to Bergamo, where he was maestro di cappella at S. Maria Maggiore (1847–77) and director of the Istituto Musicale. He wrote 7 operas as well as syms., some chamber music, and cantatas. He was commended as a composer by Rossini and Verdi.
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