PERGOLESI, Giovanni Battista
b Jesi, Italy, 4 January 1710
d Pazzuola, 16 March 1736, aged twenty-six
He entered the Conservatorium dei Poveri di Gesu Cristo in Naples in 1725. He taught at the Conservatorium of the Madonna of Loreto from 1725 to 1728. His compositions earned him the patronage of the Prince of Stigliano. His secular music was a failure; this undermined his health, and he died of tuberculosis.
Lo frate innamorato, opera
La serva padrona, opera
ll prigionier superbo, opera
Adriano in Siria, opera
La contadina astuta, opera
Stabat Mater, for female voices
Pergolesi also composed eight other operas, twelve cantatas, over thirty sonatas, symphonies, concertos.