Porsile [Persile, Porcile, Porsille], Giuseppe
- Lawrence E. Bennett
(b Naples, May 5, 1680; d Vienna, May 29, 1750). Italian composer and singing master. He was the son of the musician Carlo Porsile, whose opera Nerone was produced, according to Burney, at Naples in 1686. Giuseppe was a pupil of Ursino, Giordano and Greco at the Conservatorio dei Poveri di Gesù Cristo in Naples. Sommer-Mathis has corrected many biographical inaccuracies and added new details. Thus, for example, he did not assume the post of vice-maestro de capilla in Naples immediately following his musical education at the Conservatorio in Naples. Nor was he called to Barcelona by King Charles II of Spain in 1695 to organize the court music chapel in Madrid. Only one composition from the early period in Naples is known, the dramma per musica entitled Il ritorno d’Ulisse alla patria. It was performed in 1707 at the Nuovo Teatro di S Giovanni de’ Fiorentini, not long before Porsile received an appointment that year as vice-...