- Julian Budden
(b Tolentino, March 15, 1790; d Pesaro, 5/Aug 6, 1848). Italian composer and singing teacher. Though he was born into a family of doctors, his first inclination was towards poetry; by the age of 17 he had written four verse tragedies in the style of Alfieri, one of which was performed by a professional company in Pesaro. Not until he left for Rome in 1807 to read law did he become aware of his true vocation: he began to take regular music lessons from Giuseppe Janacconi, later maestro di cappella of S Pietro, and by 1811 had been awarded the diploma di maestro of the Accademia di S Cecilia. He then went to Naples, where he studied dramatic composition with Paisiello, gaining his first practical experience by writing church music and insert arias for opera revivals in Neapolitan theatres. Encouraged by his début at the Teatro Nuovo with ...