Virgilio Mortari


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(b Passirana di Lainate, nr Milan, 6 Dec. 1902; d Rome, 6 Sept. 1993). Italian composer and teacher. He studied in Milan and Parma, became a pianist, then taught composition, at the Venice (1933–40) and Rome (1940–73) conservatories; he was superintendent of the Teatro La Fenice, Venice, between 1955 and 1959. He co-wrote (with Casella) La tecnica dell'orchestra contemporaneo (Milan, 2/1950) and completed Mozart's L'oca del Cairo (performed Salzburg, 1936). His own music, elegantly crafted and often good-naturedly lyrical, includes four operas and two ballets; his orchestral output is dominated by concertante works and his choral music encompasses a Stabat mater (1947), Requiem (1959), and Gloria (1980).

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