A Dictionary of Music and Musicians/Aprile, Giuseppe

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APRILE, Giuseppe, born at Bisceglia in Apulia, 1738, an eminent soprano singer; was educated at the Conservatorio of 'La Pietà' at Naples, and sang in all the principal theatres of Italy and Germany. Dr. Burney heard him at Naples in 1770 and says that he had a weak and unequal voice, but was perfectly in tune, had an excellent shake, and great taste and expression. He was an excellent teacher of singing, and was one of Cimarosa's masters. He composed songs, but his best work, a system of solfeggi (London and Paris), has passed through many editions and is still valued. It is included in Peters' edition. He was living in Naples in 1792. [App. p.523 "Paloschi calls him a contralto singer, and gives the date of his birth as Oct. 29, 1732, and that of his death as 1814."]

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