Peli [Pelli], Francesco
- Robert Münster
(b Modena, c1680; d Munich, 1740/45). Italian composer and teacher. Nothing is known of his early years. From 1708 to 1731 he was chamber composer to Rinaldo d'Este, Duke of Modena, and in 1720 he was described as a citizen of Modena, where he is thought to have directed a highly regarded singing school from 1715. In 1731 he may have been in Brno, where his oratorio L'ultima persecuzione di Saule contro Davidde was performed for Cardinal Wolfgang Hannibal von Schrattenbach, Bishop of Olmütz. On 6 November 1734 Peli arrived at the court of Elector Karl Albrecht of Bavaria in Munich with three Italian-trained female singers, including his own pupil Christina Monchicca. In the same year he was appointed music teacher to Crown Prince Maximilian Joseph, who succeeded as elector in 1745. Peli composed operas for the Munich court for the carnivals of 1736 and ...