Ziani, Pietro Andrea
Ziani, Pietro Andrea, b. Venice (Italy), Dec. (?) 21, 1616, d. Naples (Italy), Feb. 12, 1684, composer, organist. Uncle of Marc´Antonio Ziani; 1662 deputy conductor at the court of the Emperor's widow Eleonore in Vienna, organist at San Marco in Venice from 1669; frequent contact with Naples from around 1677, became organist at the court of Naples and in 1680 Maestro di capella. One of the most outstanding composers of early Venetian opera.
Works: About 30 operas (of which he wrote the 8 best known for Vienna), 8 oratorios (6 for Vienna), church music, sonatas.