The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
Italian opera composer Michele Enrico Francesco Vincenzo Aloisio Paolo Carafa de Colobrano was born in Naples on 17 November 1787. After going to war in the campaigns against Napoleon, he turned to music, studying with Luigi Cherubini in Paris and becoming professor of counterpoint at the Paris Conservatoire (1840-58), where his students included Achille Peri.
Michele Carafa died in Paris on 26 July 1872.