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Alfredo Casella

(1883—1947)


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(b Turin, 1883; d Rome, 1947).

It. composer, conductor, pianist, and author. Visited Russia 1907 and 1909. On return to It. in 1915, as prof. of pf. at Liceo di S. Cecilia, Rome, became champion of all that was new in the arts and headed It. section of ISCM. Anticipated tastes of a later epoch by interest in It. baroque mus., particularly Vivaldi. His own mus. reflected restless and questing mind. Early works influenced by Mahler, whose mus. he cond. in Paris in the early 1900s. Tempted by atonality but after 1920 identified himself with neo‐classicism. Comps. incl.:

operas:

La donna serpente

(1928–31);

La favola d'Orfeo

(1932);

Il deserto tentato

(1937).

ballets:

Il convento veneziano

(1912);

La Giara

(1924).

orch.:

syms.: No.1 (1905), No.2 (1908–9 unpubd.), No.3 (1940);

Italia Suite

(1909);

Pupazzetti

(1919);

Scarlattiana

, pf., orch. (1926); vn. conc. (1928);

Concerto romano

(organ) (1926); conc. for pf., vn., and vc. (1933); vc. conc. (1934–5);

Conc. for OrchÀ la manière de …

. (1937); conc. for pf., timp., perc., str. (1943); songs; and pf. pieces (incl. 2 series entitled (In the style of …) (1911 and 1913), 2nd series collab. Ravel).

Subjects: Music.



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