E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A French musico-political faction, who contended that pure Italian music is higher art than the mixed German school. In other words, that music is the Alpha and Omega of opera, and the dramatic part is of very minor importance.
Niccolo Piccino, of Naples (17281801), was the rival of Christopher Glück, of Bohemia, and these two musicians gave birth to a long paper war. Those who sided with the Italian were called Piccinists, those who sided with the German were called Glückists.