Gabriele Piozzi (Quinzano d’Oglio, 1740 Tremeirchion, 1809) by George Dance, pencil, 1793 Born near Brescia, Gabriele Piozzi lived for several years England and Wales, working as tenor singer, teacher and pianist. Piozzi arrived in England in 1776, and during his stay in the British isles, he published six collections of works for keyboard, strings and voices. His public career was relatively short, but he had strong connections with the cultural elite of the time, namely with Charles Burney and Samuel Johnson, at least until 1784.
You don’t perhaps know that I have already some time been thinking of leaving off professing Musick and the first opportunity that offers I shall really do so. It is very well, in your way, when one has a fixed Salary, but to take so much for a Concert, so much for a teaching, and so much for a Benefit is what I do not like at all, and rather than go on in that way I would take any opportunity of leaving off Musick; not that I intend to forget it, for it should always be my chief study tho’ I had another employment. But Musick ought not to be treated in that mercenary footing. (Herschel to his brother, 12 April 1761)