Parenti, Paolo Francesco
- James L. Jackman
(b Naples, Sept 15, 1764; d Paris, 1821). Italian composer and singing master. He studied at the Pietà dei Turchini conservatory in Naples, learning counterpoint from Sala, harmony and accompaniment from Taranino, probably voice from La Barbera, and, in Villarosa’s description, taking Traetta’s music as his guide (Traetta had left Naples by this time). In the next few years he is said to have written a good deal of sacred music; the little that has survived was praised by Prota-Giurleo and Paduano for its contrapuntal skill and invention. During this period he was probably often away from Naples. According to Gervasoni and the ...