Antonio Palella (1692–1761) belongs to the generation of composers immediately preceding that of Perez and Pergolesi: a contemporary of Johann Adolf Hasse, he often took on the task of adapting the latter’s opere serie
for the Neapolitan stage. Palella never moved away from Naples, but succeeded in exercising his profession in surroundings of considerable prestige (he was second harpsichordist at the Teatro San Carlo, for example) while acting as private music master to the offspring of a number of high-ranking aristocratic families and composing comic operas.
from notes by Stefano Aresi © 2013
English: Charles Johnston