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date: 19 October 2019

Arena, Giuseppelocked

  • Gordana Lazarevich


(b Malta, 1713; d Naples, Nov 6, 1784). Italian organist and composer. In 1725 he entered the Conservatorio dei Poveri di Gesù Cristo, Naples, where he remained for ten years; among his teachers were Gaetano Greco and Francesco Durante, and Pergolesi was a fellow student. Arena composed operas for Rome, Turin, Venice and Naples, and some of his music was included in Alessandro in Persia, a pasticcio performed in London on 31 October 1741. According to the libretto of Il vecchio deluso (1746), Arena served the Prince of Bisignano; he is also reported to have been organist of the church of S Filippo Neri, Naples. Arena's treatise Principij di musica con intavolature di cembalo e partimenti (autograph in I-Nc) is described by Fétis as ‘un ouvrage élémentaire’.

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