Aurisicchio [Euresicchio, Eurisechio, Orisicchio], Antonio
- James L. Jackman
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(b Naples, c1710; d Rome, 3/Sept 4, 1781). Italian composer. He studied in Rome, according to Giazotto, and supported himself by playing the organ in various Roman churches. Then, like so many southern Italian composers of his generation, he made his professional début in Naples with a comic opera in the Teatro dei Fiorentini, in 1734. To judge from his operatic production he was back in Rome again by the early 1740s, where the librettos of his works call him maestro di cappella napoletano – a conventional honorific which may or may not be taken at face value. In 1747 he became a member of the Congregazione dei musici di S Cecilia, to which all professional Roman musicians belonged. By 1751 he was working as assistant to Francesco Ciampi, maestro di cappella of S Giacomo degli Spagnoli and, after Ciampi's death, succeeded him as chief director on ...