- Francesca Perruccio Sica
(b Naples, Oct 13, 1856; d New York, Oct 27, 1932). Italian pianist, composer and singer . She studied with her father, then with Liszt in Rome and became one of the most distinguished pianists of the 19th-century Neapolitan school. Francesco Florimo mentions her as a singer in 1876. After an early début in Naples, she embarked on a period of intense activity as a concert pianist, eventually performing in New York where she settled in 1896 and devoted herself to teaching the piano and composing. Her works include a Piano Concerto, Bolero and Andante rondò for piano and strings, a Violin Sonata, pieces for solo piano and songs. Some instrumental compositions show the influence of Classical style; in others the melodic vein is reminiscent of Chopin (in the Allegro appassionato for piano; Milan, 1884) and in keeping with the trend followed by pianists of the Neapolitan school. The simpler style of the late 19th-century Italian ...