Capocci, Filippo, 1840-1911
Born: May 11, 1840, Rome
Died: July 25, 1911, Rome
Biography Pupil of his father, Gaetano (1811-1898) from age 9, he received a diploma in piano from the Accademia di S Cecilia in Rome in 1861. He became first organist of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in 1873, then Maestro di cappella there in 1898, succeeding his father. He served also in the Roman churches of St. Ignatius and St. Mary of Montserrat, and was also organ teacher to Queen Margherita.
Filippo Capocci, unlike his father, who was still tied to 18th-century aesthetics, freed himself from the theatrical style under the influence of the French organist Alexandre Guilmant, who visited Rome in 1880. In 1899, he was received among the members of the American Guild of Organists.
He was part of the commission charged with implementing the reforms requested in Pope Pius X' moth proprio, Tra le sollecitudini. He was named to the faculty of the new Scuola Superiore di Musica in 1911, but was not able to serve because of his final illness.
List of sacred works
- Ave Maria, T or B versions, org, MS
- Laudate pueri Dominum. solo male voice, choir, org?/pf
- Messa Mater amabilis, STB org, Torino : Marcello Capra ; Bruxelles : Breitkopf & Härtel, 1901
- Messa "Virgo clemens", SATB org, Torino, Sten editrice, 1926
- Missa Regina angelorum, 2 part, org Torino, M. Capra, 1903
- STB org, arr. by Cyr de Brant, JFB 1947