Neapolitan School

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In music history, the Neapolitan School is a group, associated with opera, of 17th and 18th-century composers who studied or worked in Naples, Italy,[1] the best known of whom is Alessandro Scarlatti, with whom "modern opera begins".[2]

It is with the Neapolitan school...that the History of Modern Music commences—insofar as that music speaks the language of the feelings, emotions, and passions.

— Schluter[3]

The Neapolitan School has been considered in between the Roman School and the Venetian School in importance.[3]

However, "The concept of Neapolitan school, or more particularly Neapolitan opera, has been questioned by a number of scholars. That Naples was a significant musical center in the 18th century is beyond doubt. Whether the composers working in Naples at that time developed or partook of a distinct and characteristic musical style is less clear" since so little is known about the repertory.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c d e f Don Michael Randel (2003). The Harvard Dictionary of Music, p. 549. ISBN 978-0-674-01163-2.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Paul Henry Lang (1997). Music in Western Civilization, p. 453. ISBN 978-0-393-04074-6.
  3. ^ a b Schluter, Joseph (1865). A General History of Music, p.47. R. Bentley.