Pistocchi, Francesco Antonio Mamiliano [‘Il Pistocchino’]
- Anne Schnoebelen
(b Palermo, 1659; d Bologna, May 13, 1726). Italian composer and singer. He was a child prodigy, singing in public at the age of three and publishing his first work, Capricci puerili, at the age of eight. His father Giovanni was a violinist in the cappella musicale at S Petronio, Bologna, from 9 September 1661. In May 1670 Francesco was employed there occasionally as a singer and in 1674 he was given a regular position as a soprano. However, because of their frequent absences both he and his father were dismissed in May 1675. Within ten years he had embarked on a brilliant career as a contralto, performing on various Italian and German stages. From 1 May 1686 to 15 February 1695 he was in the service of the court at Parma. In 1696 he became Kapellmeister at Ansbach to the Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (some of his letters to whom are in ...