Di Giacomo, Salvatore
- Ferruccio Tammaro
(b Naples, March 12, 1860; d Naples, April 5, 1934). Italian poet, novelist, playwright, writer on music and theatre historian. In 1880 he gave up studying medicine to become a journalist, and contributed to the Corriere del mattino, Corriere di Napoli, Pungolo and Pro patria. Besides his work as director of the Lucchesi Theatre library and inspector of the library of S Pietro a Majella, Naples, he organized the Filippini Archives and indexed the Girolamini Music Archives; he was also artistic director of the Collezione Settecentesca, published by Sandron of Palermo. In 1929 he was awarded the title Accademico d’Italia.
Di Giacomo was an outstanding historian of Neapolitan vernacular culture, especially that part of it centred on the Piedigrotta district. In his musical research he concentrated on opera and particularly on musical life in Naples from the 16th century to the 18th; his book on the four Neapolitan conservatories remains a standard reference work. His literary writings, admired by Croce, are characterized by vivid realism and spontaneity of expression; they chiefly depict small-scale but highly emotional situations. Those that provided inspiration for musical settings include his collections of poems ...