Francesco Azopardi was born at Rabat, Malta on 5 May, 1748, and died on 6 February, 1809. He studied music in Malta and in Naples where he became a celebrity for his piano and organ playing, orchestra conducting as well as for his compositions. Azopardi was a prolific composer and an excellent music teacher. He wrote a scientific treatise on music entitled "Il Musico Pratico" which was translated into French and introduced into the syllabus of the Royal Conservatory of Paris in 1778. Cherubini in his "Course of Counterpoint and Fugue", quotes some interesting examples from this work. Azopardi also wrote "L’Origine delle regole della musica". He also composed a large number of sacred works including the oratorio "La Passione di Cristo".