Pacini, Antonio Francesco Gaetano Saverio
- Richard Macnutt
(b Naples, July 7, 1778; d Paris, March 10, 1866). Italian composer and music publisher, active in France. After studying harmony and counterpoint under Fenaroli at the Conservatorio della Pietà dei Turchini, Naples, he directed an orchestra and taught there before moving to Nîmes, where he became leader of the theatre orchestra. According to Pougin (FétisBS) Isabelle et Gertrude, his first opéra comique, was given at the opening of the rebuilt theatre there (in 1801). In 1804 he moved to Paris where, at least until 1822, he was active as a singing teacher. Between 1805 and 1808 Isabelle and three further opéras comiques were produced, all but one being published in orchestral score. These (his only works for the stage) and a large number of songs make up the bulk of his creative output.
Pacini's career as a publisher began in 1808 when, in partnership with Momigny, he began to issue the ...