Coccia, Maria Rosa
- Denise Gallo
(b Rome, June 4, 1759; d Rome, Nov 1833). Italian composer. As a child, Coccia exhibited precocious musical talent; among her early compositions are the oratorio Daniello nel lago dei leoni and a setting of Metastasio's L'isola disabitata, both composed in 1772. Her teachers included Sante Pesci, maestro di cappella of the Basilica Liberiana, with whom she studied counterpoint. In 1774 examiners from the Congregazione di Santa Cecilia gave her the title maestra di cappella; in 1779 Bologna's Accademia Filarmonica awarded her the same title. She also was admitted to Rome's Accademia de' Forti. In 1780, Francesco Capalti, maestro di cappella of Narni Cathedral, publicly attacked Coccia’s examination composition. Michele Mallio defended her in his Elogio storico della signora Maria Rosa Coccia romana (Rome, 1780), which contained letters of support from Metastasio, Carlo Broschi (Farinelli) and Giovanni Battista Martini. Little is known of her adult life, although her subsidy request in ...