Giovanni Pergolesi (1710-1736) Despite his short life, Pergolesi left an impressive oeuvre, including an intermezzo, an example of the Italian comic opera in the 18th century. He was also an esteemed composer of church music, exemplified by his remarkable Stabat Mater. Following musical studies in his town, He went to Naples in the 1720s. He continued his studies at the Conservatorio dei Poveri di Gesu Cristo, where he also performed as a violinist, making his debut as a composer. In 1731.