Ildebrando Pizzetti


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(b Parma, 1880; d Rome, 1968).

It. composer and teacher, sometimes known as ‘Ildebrando da Parma’. Taught at Parma Cons. until 1908, moving to Cherubini Inst., Florence (dir. 1917–24). Dir. Milan Cons. 1924–36, prof. of comp. S. Cecilia Acad., Rome, 1936–58. Though associated briefly with It. avant‐garde of his day (Malipiero, Casella, etc.), he later advocated a return to ‘tradition’. His mus. character was divided between a deeply religious vein, which is reflected in his operas (at the other extreme from those of Puccini) and a hedonistic vein which found expression in collab. with d'Annunzio, for whose plays he wrote incidental mus. Toscanini cond. 2 of his operas in Milan. His choral works are especially fine. Prin. comps.:




Debora e Jaele


Lo straniero


Fra Gherardo






Vanna Lupa




Assassinio nella Cattedrale


Il calzare d'argento





Per l'Edipo Re di SofocleLa pisanella

(1903); suite, (1913);

Sinfonia del fuoco


Concerto dell' estate


Rondo VenezianoCanti della Stagione Alta

(1929); pf. conc. () (1930); vc. conc. (1933–4); sym. (1940); vn. conc. (1944);

Preludio a un altro Giorno

(Prelude to Another Day) (1952); hp. conc. (1958–60).

chorus & orch.:





Cantico di Gloria ‘Attollite Portas’

for 3 ch., 24 wind instr., 2 pf., perc. (1948);

Vanitas Vanitatum

, cantata (1958).

unaccompanied voices:

2 canzoni corali


Canto d'amore




De profundis


2 composizioni corali


Subjects: Music.

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