Mro. Vincenzo Ciappara
Mro. Vincenzo Ciappara was born in Valletta on 6 November 1890. Son of Paola nee’ Psaila and Carmelo. A decade Vincenzo was a student of the Lyceum, but after his father won violin is promoting resources learn the music. When he was fourteen years old began playing the violin at the church and entered the chapel of Mro. Anton Nani.
Between 1907 and 1-1939 were ringing with the Opera Theater Orchestra. Over the last eighteen years he was professor of viola of the same Theater recommendation of Impressarju the Chev. De Lancellotti. Vincenzo continued studying music, first alone and then in the Mro. Paolino Vassallo Institute. Later learned harmony and orchestration under Mro. Carlo Diacono and added break in band instrumentation under Mro. Aurelio Doncich.
From 1928 Vincenzo Ciappara remaining musical director of the band club until 1978. During these fifty years the band club made great successes.
Continue to be mentioned among so many vocal and instrumental programs those of 1930 when used the brand new instruments of the new Band, in 1935 when the band club took part in the Jubilee of King George V, In 1938 when Anthem to the winners of 1565, composition Ciappara at Palace Square in Valletta, 1944 for the occasion of closing the 75 years of the band club, 1947 when it was played the famous Symphony number 5 by Beethoven, 1960 for the occasion of the Pauline Centenary and 1969 when the band club celebrated 100 years since the establishment of its officers.
The Headmaster Ciappara but did not have the gift of direction only. It is composed by a large number of marches brijjuzi. Name in this field he had great successes. His marches, Lilibet, Victory and Coronation March 1953 that he wrote for the band club have been ranked first competitions launched by the BBC. People hymn composed several anthems including the St. Paul (1946), Hymn to the Risen Christ (1974) and Marc Hymn to Count Roger (1976). We find a number of beautiful funeral marches that Ciappara also wrote for the band club including 'In Memoriam' is dedicated to dead musicians and Mater Dolorosa. Composed well: Livia original fantasy, 'Amore e Musica "," Vicino al Mare,' Sorrisi ', Bianca e Rossa "," Malta "and" Anima e Pace, all marches sinfonici, the intermezz-Un Mazzo di Fiori and the prelude King in Empire Unity which was also executed at the British Institute. Also wrote sacred works such as Masses, a simple Ergo, antiphons, Sactae Paule as well as the Triduum Hymn of St. Paul.
In 1974 Vincenzo Ciappara asked the Committee of the band club to be the chosen his successor. Although Ciappara was withdrawn from the direction he remained active in writing new and music arrangements.
Vincenzo Ciappara died on Sunday 29 July 1979 at the age of 89 years. At his funeral held at Victoria had accompanied the band club and the Band were several that were to impart a last farewell.
On Mro advice. Carlo Diacono, Vincenzo Ciappara began directing the orchestra. Directed at the Opera Theater and other f'theaters, in several churches including the Collegiate Rabat and with the approval of the Bishop for three years he made it a substitute Maestro di Cappella of Cathedral.
Vincenzo Ciappara was bandmaster of the Għaqda Mużikali Maria Annunziata of Ħal-Tarxien, Każin San Ġiużepp u Banda De Rohan (Ħaż-Żebbuġ), La Vittoria Band Club Mellieħa, Soċjeta Filarmonika San Lawrenz (Prince of Wales) Vittoriosa and Soċjeta Filarmonika King's Own Band Club of Valletta. Was also asked to directing the Soċjeta Filamonika La Stella Band Club and Soċjeta Filarmonika Leone Band Club in Gozo as well as Concert and Bank Sports Association operetti and the' ballets at pupils of Princess Poutiantine Tabone.
The Committee Soċjeta Filarmonika King’s Own after Cappara had been directing this band for two years asked to remain Director of the Band, but Ciappara declined because he was already musical director of the band club Każin San Pawl Banda Konti Ruġġieru which was already the Conductor.