Santucci, Marco, Italian composer; b. Camajore, Tuscany, July 4, 1762; d. Lucca, Nov. 29, 1843. He studied at the Cons. di Loreto in Naples. He went to Lucca in 1790 and was ordained a priest in 1794. After serving as maestro di cappella at Rome’s S. Giovanni in Laterano (1797–1808), he returned to Lucca as canon at the Cathedral. A motet a 16 for 4 choirs received a prize from the Accademia Napoleone in 1806 because of the “entirely new and original” combination of voices. Baini publ, an energetic protest against this award, pointing out that such polyphonic writing was common in works by Italian composers of the 16th and 17th centuries. Santucci also wrote masses, motets, Psalms, canons in up to 7 parts, syms., organ sonatas, etc. He publ, the treatise Sulla melodia, sull’armonia e sul metro (Lucca, 1828).
G. Rinuccini, Biografia di M. S. (Milan, 1851).
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