January 16, 1728, Bari – May 7, 1800
Niccolò Piccinni was one of the outstanding opera composers of the Neapolitan school, who wrote in both the comic and the serious styles but who, in the century following his death, was chiefly remembered as the rival of Gluck. He studied in Naples, where he produced several operas. The masterpiece of his early years was the opera buffa La buona figliuola, or La cecchina(1760), on a libretto by Goldoni. It was written in the new style, later epitomized in the operas of Mozart, that incorporated serious or sentimental subject matter into the flexible musical style of the older, farcical, opera buffa.
Messa in D Major for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra Orchestra Giovanile U.Giordano – Foggia