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(b Verona, Oct 5, 1743; d Crema, Feb 1, 1818). Italian composer. His father intended him for the priesthood, but he studied music secretly and devoted himself to it entirely after his father’s death. In 1760 he went to Venice to study with Porpora, who encouraged Gazzaniga to accompany him to Naples. There Porpora obtained a free place for his young pupil at the Conservatorio di S Onofrio in Capuana for six years. During this time Gazzaniga studied composition and counterpoint with his patron. In 1767 he became a composition pupil of Piccinni, with whom he studied for three years, and a year later he made his operatic début in Naples with the comic intermezzo Il barone di Trocchia. Upon completing his studies he returned to Venice in 1770. There he made friends with Sacchini, whose generous advice benefitted his compositional career. During the 1770s Gazzaniga wrote operas for various Italian theatres. In ...