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Orlando Furioso: music inspired by the epic poem
Piccinni, born in Naples in 1728, spent a number of years in Paris where he got a bit hijacked by the media, who spun an entirely fictitious rivalry between him and Gluck. His 'Roland' is part of a late 18th century trend for resetting libretti that had been written for Lully, the first major French opera composer, almost a century earlier.