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Goffredo Petrassi
1904 - 2003
Italy
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G. Petrassi
Goffredo Petrassi (16/07/1904 - 02/03/2003), an Italian composer (from Zagarolo, near Palestrina). At the age of 15 he began to work at a music shop to supply his family's financial needs, and became fascinated by music. In 1928, he entered the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome to study organ and composition. In 1934, composer Alfredo Casella conducted Petrassi's Partita for orchestra at the ISCM festival in Amsterdam. Later, Petrassi became musical director of the opera house La Fenice, and from 1959 taught composition at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory and at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Petrassi had many famous students, including Franco Donatoni, Aldo Clementi, Cornelius Cardew, Ennio Morricone, Karl Korte, Ernesto Rubin de Cervin, Kenneth Leighton and Richard Teitelbaum. Petrassi died in Rome at the age of 98. Petrassi's early work was part of an attempt by several Italian composers to create a national "Italian" revival in classical music, corresponding to the romantic work of Germans such as Richard Wagner. During this time, his work was characteristically neoclassical in style, influenced by Bartók, Hindemith and Stravinsky. In later years, Petrassi's open musical mind and acute personality led him to experiment with different post-Webernian influences and a wide range of poetic materials, from Latin hymns to Ariosto's La follia d'Orlando and Cervantes' Ritratto di Don Chisciotte. All these influences are present in a remarkable series of eight Concerti for Orchestra which he composed between the late 1930s and the late 1970s.
Source:The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians
Contributor:Tassos Dimitriadis (picture)
Coro di morti
Period:Expressionism
Composed in:1941
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Giacomo Leopardi
Coro di morti is for male voices, brass, three pianos, percussion and double basses, written in 1941. The text is by Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837), an Italian scholar, poet, and philosopher, one of the great writers of the 19th century.
Source:The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians
Contributor:Tassos Dimitriadis
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G. Leopardi
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