Ottani, Bernardo, Italian composer, brother of Gaetano Ottani; b. Bologna, Sept. 8, 1736; d. Turin, April 26, 1827. He was a pupil of Padre Martini. In 1765 he was elected a member of the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna. He was made maestro di cappella at the basilica of S. Giovanni in Monte in Bologna in 1769, and later held similar appointments in that city at the church of S. Luca and at the Collegio degli Ungheri. In 1779 he became maestro di cappella at Turin Cathedral. Ottani wrote 13 operas, including L’amore senza malizia (Venice, Carnival 1767–68), Le virtuose ridicole (Dresden, Carnival 1769), and L’amore industrioso (Dresden, Nov. 21, 1769). He also wrote much sacred music.
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