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from the Santini Collection, MS 2285     push button

Niccolò Jommelli (1714–1774) was one of the most famous and successful products of the Neapolitan conservatories. He arrived at the Conservatory of San Onofrio at age eleven and transferred to the Turchini at age fifteen. A Stabat Mater by his teacher Nicola Fago can be heard here. Early success at composing operas led to a series of high-profile positions. He became the music director of one of the Venetian ospedali, the conservatories for foundling girls for which so many of Vivaldi's works were written. He went on to become the maestro di cappella at St. Peters in Rome (the highest position in Catholic music) and later opera director for the court at Munich. At mid-century he was widely considered one of greatest composers in Europe.