Prati, Alessio , Italian composer; b. Ferrara, July 19, 1750; d. there, Jan. 17, 1788. He studied with Pietro Marzola in Ferrara, and after further training in Naples, he completed his studies with Abate Speranza in Rome in 1774–75. He then went to France, and eventually entered the service of the Duke of Penthièvre in Paris. Following a sojourn in Russia in 1782–83, he returned to Italy and later settled once again in Ferrara as co-adjutor to Petrucci. Prati wrote the operas L’école de la jeuness, ou Le Barnevelt français (Paris, Oct. 11, 1779), L’Ifigenia in Aulide (Florence, 1784), Armida Abbandonata (Munich, 1785), La vendetta di Nono (Florence, Carnival, 1786), Olimpia (Naples, June 6, 1786), Demofoonte (Venice, Dec. 26, 1786), and L’Aminta (Ferrara, 1787?). Among his other works were a Flute Concerto, an Oboe Concerto, 2 harpsichord concertos, the oratorio Giuseppe riconosciuto, and chamber music.
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