Ciro Pinsuti was born at Sinalunga, Siena, Italy, May 9, 1829, and died in Florence, March 10, 1888.
He was given some instruction by his father, and at the age of eleven appeared in Rome with such success that he was elected an honorary member of the Accademia Filarmonica.
He was taken to England by Henry Drummond, M.P., in whose house he lived while receiving instructions from Cipriani Potter (piano) and H. Blagrove (violin).
He returned to Italy in 1845 and became a pupil at the Conservatory of Bologna, where he also received private instruction from Rosini.
Ciro Pinsuti went back to England in 1848 and became a teacher of singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London and Newcastle.
From 1856 he was professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and in addition to his many pupils he also gave extra instructive assistance to many eminent artists including Grisi, Bosio, Patti, and Mario.
As a composer he wrote several operas that were produced with moderate success in Italy, but is best known by his many songs and part-songs. Such songs as:
- The Bedouin Love Song
- The Arrow and the Song
- Lead Kindly Light
- I will Give you Rest
These have won great popularity both in England and in America.
No less popular are the part-songs:
- Good Night Beloved
- The Sea Hath its Pearls
- Spring Song
He had a great melodic gift and these compositions are likely to retain a strong hold on the popular musical immigrants for many years to come.