Spontini, Gaspare (opera) (Luigi Pacifico )
- Anselm Gerhard
(b Maiolati, near Iesi, Nov 14, 1774; d Maiolati, Jan 24, 1851). Italian composer. He dominated serious grand opera of the early 19th century in Paris and later in Berlin.
The son of an artisan and small-holder, Spontini was destined for the church, but when his musical talent came to be recognized, in ...