Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco


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(b Florence, 1895; d Hollywood, Calif., 1968).

It. composer. Assoc. with progressive faction in It. mus. led in 1920s by Casella. Settled in USA 1939. Devotee of Shakespeare. Operas incl. La mandragola (1920–3, rev. 1928); Aucassin et Nicolette (1919–38); All's Well That Ends Well (1955–8); Il Mercanto di Venezia (1956); and The Importance of Being Earnest (1961–2). Comp. ballets; oratorios (Ruth 1949, Song of Songs9 1963); orch. works incl. Concerto Italiano, vn., orch. (1926); 2 further vn. concs. (1933, 1939); 2 pf. concs. (1928, 1939); gui. conc. (1939); conc. for 2 guitars, American Rhapsody (1943); ovs. to Shakespeare's plays (1931–42). Much chamber mus. incl. gui. quintet and gui. sonata. His songs incl. 33 Shakespeare Songs (1921–5), setting in Eng. of all the song‐texts in the plays.

Subjects: Music.

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