Palma [De Palma, Di Palma], Silvestro
- Michael F. Robinson
- and Luisella Molina
(b Barano d'Ischia, March 15, 1754; d Naples, Aug 8, 1834). Italian composer. According to Rosa's Memorie, he owed his initial musical education to a patroness, Carlotta di Sangro, daughter of the Prince of Sansevero, and entered the Conservatorio di S Maria di Loreto in Naples at the age of 16. In the late 1780s he studied with Paisiello, whose music he took as a model; contemporary documents often refer to him as ‘pupil of Paisiello’. He became well known as a composer of opera, especially comic opera, because of his talent for witty, effervescent and lightly textured music. The Naples ...