Composer: Domenico Cimarosa
Dates: 17 December 1749 – 11 January 1801
Title of Piece: Il Matrimonio segreto Overture
Brief Biography: Cimarosa was an operatic composer of the Neapolitan School, and over his lifetime wrote over eighty operas including Il matrimonio segreto. During the French Republic’s occupation of Naples he joined the liberal party and on return of Bourbons he was imprisoned on political grounds. Upon his death it was said he had been poisoned by his enemies, which unfounded by an inquest. However he was composing until his death and his final opera Artemizia remained unfinished.