Spagnoletti [della Diana], Paolo (Ludovico)
- E. Heron-Allen
(b Cremona, May 24, 1773; d London, Sept 23, 1834). Italian violinist active in England. At the age of 12 he entered one of the Naples conservatories. As a young man he was a court violinist in Spain, and, slightly resenting having an Italian in this post, the locals nicknamed him ‘Espagnoletto’ (‘the little Spaniard’); the name stuck, and when the tenor Vagnoni (who had heard him play in Milan) brought him to London in about ...