Nicola Sala

(1713 - 1801)

Composer and writer. He studied with Nicola Fago and Leonardo Leo at the Naples Pietà dei Turchini Conservatory (1732-40), where he taught for most of his life, eventually becoming secondo maestro (1787) and primo maestro (1793-99). In 1744 he applied unsuccessfully to succeed Leo as primo maestro of the royal chapel. During the 1760s he wrote three operas and several occasional works for the S. Carlo theater; apart from these, he wrote sacred vocal music. His most important didactic publication is the Regole del contrappunto pratico (Naples, 1794), a thorough course in counterpoint stressing practical demonstration.