Jannaconi was born in Rome, and studied under S. Rinaldini and Giuseppe Carpani. He is known for scoring many of Palestrina's works, aided by his friend Pasquale Pisari, as well as composing many of pieces of church music himself. Among other positions, towards the end of his life in 1811 he succeeded Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli as maestro di cappella at St. Peter's Basilica.
- Siegfried Gmeinwieser. "Giuseppe Jannacconi". In L. Root, Deane. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. (subscription required)