Carlo Diacono – A Famous Maltese Composer

Carlo Diacono, born at Zejtun on the 1st April, 1876. He was attracted to music at an early age under the direction of his father Orazio,who in 1861 founded the BELAND BAND. He started playing the Eb Clarinet at the age of 10 with the Beland Band. In 1892 Diacono started his studies with Prof. Paolino Vassallo and on the 1st April,1897 he became the Director of the Beland Band until 1903.
In 1918 his Opera ‘L’Alpino’ was put for 9 times between the 16th April and the 2nd May. In November 1919 he wrote “A Santa Caterina" – (Dei Sacri Ministri) for the Beland Band and was played by the same band during the Zejtun Parish Centenary in November 1920.
On the 9th February, 1923 Archbishop Dom Mauro Caruana put Diacono as "Maestro di Cappella" of St.John's Co-Cathedral after the death of Prof. Vassallo.
Carlo Diacono's music has been played during the "British Empire Exhibition" at Wembley in 1924, where it classified as third and for which Diacono was given a medal and certificate. Further more, his music was played in Rome's Massens Basilica in 1938, in Cairo - Egypt in 1942 and in New York in 1957. On the Silver Jubilee of King George V in 1935 Diacono directed 37 Maltese Bands simultaneously inside Valletta's "Main Guard".
Diacono wrote 2 operas, 3 oratorios, cantatas, orchestral pieces and overtures, an outnumbering amount of Music for Mass and Psalms, Antiphons and Hymns. He was praised by various foreign composers namely Mascagni, Felice Lattuada, Lorenzo Perosi, Licino Refice and Pizzetti.
Carlo Diacono died on the 15th of June, 1942 at Hal Lija and was buried on the 16th June at the Zejtun Cemetery according to his will.


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Nicolas Isouard

Nicolas Isouard (or Nicolò Isouard) (b. Dec. 6, 1775, Mosta, Malta - d. March 23, 1818, Paris) was a Maltese composer.
Isouard studied in Valletta with Francesco Azzopardi , in Palermo, and in Naples. He moved to Paris, where he worked as a free composer and befriended composer Rodolphe Kreutzer. The pair worked together on several operas, including Le petit page ou La prison d'état (1800) and Flaminius à Corinthe (1801). Isouard adopted the pseudonym "Nicolò" and found rapid success in the field of opera comique with Michel-Ange (1802) and L'intrigue aux fenêtres (1805). He composed regularly for the //Théâtre de l'Opéra-Comique//, writing some thirty works for them.
He composed masses, motets, cantatas, romances, and duos, along with over 40 operas.
Isouard had two daughters, Sophie-Nicole (1809-?), a composer of romances, and Annette-Julie (1814-1876), and pianist and composer. His brother Joseph (1794-1863) had a career as a singer and opera director before being named inspector of historic monuments in Rouen. Nocolas Isouard was buried in Notre Dame des Victoires. A bust of the composer was placed on one of the facades of the Théâtre de l'Opéra-Comique and one of the main squares in Paris was given his name.
His Works

  • L'avviso a Maritati, Opera, 1794
  • Artaserse, re di Persia, Opera seria, 1794
  • Il barbiere di Siviglia, Opera buffa after Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, 1796
  • Rinaldo d'Asti, Dramma giocoso, 1796
  • L'improvvisata in campagna, Opera buffa, 1797
  • I due avari, Commedia per musica, 1797
  • Il bottaio, Opera comique, 1798
  • Il barone d'Alba chiara, Commedia per musica, 1798
  • Ginevra di Scozia, Dramma serio eroico, 1798
  • Le petit page ou La prison d'état, Opera, 1800
  • Flaminius à Corinthe, Opera, 1801
  • La statue ou La femme avare, Opera comique, 1802
  • Michel-Ange, Opera, 1802
  • Les confidences, Opera, 1803
  • Le baiser et la quittance ou Une aventure de garnison, Opera comique, 1803
  • Le médecin turc, Opéra bouffon, 1803
  • L'intrigue aux fenêtres, Opera, 1805
  • La ruse inutile ou Les rivaux par convention, Opera, 1805
  • Léonce ou Le fils adoptif, Opera, 1805
  • La prise de Passaw, Opera comique, 1806
  • Le déjeuner de garçons, Comédie mêlée de musique, 1806
  • Idala ou La sultane, Opera comique, 1806
  • Les rendez-vous bourgeois, Opéra bouffon, 1807
  • Les créanciers ou Le remède à la goutte, Opera comique, 1807
  • Un jour à Paris ou La leçon singulière, Opera comique, 1808
  • Cimarosa, Opera comique, 1808
  • Zélomir ou L'intrigue au sérail, Opera comique, 1809
  • Cendrillon, Opéra féerie after Charles Perrault, 1810
  • La victime des arts ou La fête de famille, Opera comique, 1811