A Dictionary of Music and Musicians/Corri, Domenico

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CORRI, Domenico, born in Naples 1744 [App. p.600 "Oct. 4 in Rome"], died in London about 1826 [App. p.600 "May 22, 1825"]; studied under Porpora from 1763 to 67. In 74 settled in London, producing there 'Alessandro nell' Indie' (1774), and some years later 'The Travellers' [App. p.600 "Jan. 22, 1806"], his best work; but devoted himself chiefly to teaching singing. [App. p.600 "in 1771 he was invited to Edinburgh to conduct the concerts of the Musical Society, and settled there as a publisher and singing-master. He went to London, as stated in the Dictionary, in 1774, but did not again visit England till 1787, when he joined Mazzinghi and Storace in writing additional music to Paisiello's 'Re Teodoro.'"] His daughter, a singer and harpist of merit, married Dussek, with whom Corri entered into partnership as music-seller and publisher (1797), but the speculation failed. His compositions include, besides the operas above named, a quantity of songs to English, French, and Italian words; sonatas, airs, and rondos; 'The Art of Fingering' (London 1799); and 'The Singer's Preceptor' (ditto 1798) [App. p.600 "1810, contains an autobiographical preface"]; also a 'Musical Dictionary' (London 1798) and a 'Musical Grammar.' He left three sons, Antonio, who settled in America [App. p.600 "Philip Antony one of the original promotors of the Philharmonic Society (Dict. of Nat. Biog.)"]; Montagu, dramatic composer; and Haydn, a teacher in Dublin.

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