Vinci, Leonardo, noted Italian composer; b. Strangoli, c. 1690; d. Naples, May 27,1730. He studied at the Cons, dei Poveri di Gesù Cristo in Naples, where he was a pupil of Gaetano Greco. In 1719 he served as maestro di cappella to the Prince of Sansevero; was provicemae-stro at the Royal Chapel in Naples from 1725 until his death; in 1728 he was also maestro di cappella at the Cons, dei Poveri di Gesù Cristo. He was highly esteemed by his contemporaries as a composer for the theater. He produced a number of opera series, including Siila dittatore (Naples, Oct. 19, 1723), L’Astianatte (Naples, 1725), La caduta dei Decemviri (Naples, Oct. 1, 1727), and Artaserse (Rome, Feb. 4, 1730); he also produced many commedie musicali, an oratorio, Le glorie del Ss. Rosario,6 chamber cantatas, etc.
G. Silvestri Silva, Illustri musici calabresi: L. V (Genoa, 1935).
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