Baccelli, Matteo Pantaleone [Papia Leone]
- Carolyn Gianturco
(b Lucca, 1690; d Lucca, c1766). Italian composer. He was a priest, and although he was probably maestro di musica at the Seminary of S Giovanni e Reparata in Lucca by 1712, the first certain notice of him there is in 1725, when the seminarians participated in some of the most ambitious music in the city. Between 1717 and 1759 the Lucca confraternity of S Cecilia performed Baccelli’s music (for first and second Vespers and Mass, with orchestral accompaniment) on nine different celebrations of the saint’s feast; and each year he directed the Requiem Mass for dead members. He was further honoured by election to the society’s governing committee (together with Giacomo Puccini) in 1754. In 1756 his oratorio La concezione was presented by the Congregazione degli Angeli Custodi, Lucca. In 1758 and 1759 his seminary choir performed as ‘secondo coro’ for music at S Martino and S Frediano, directed by Puccini. The opera ...