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Giovanni Sgambati

(1841—1914)


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(b Rome, 1841; d Rome, 1914).

It. composer, conductor, and pianist. Had Eng. mother. Founded orch. and chamber concerts in Rome 1866, introducing Ger. classics to It. audiences. Toured Ger., Eng., It., Fr., and Russia as pianist and cond. Founder Liceo Musicale, Rome, and pf. prof. Wagner persuaded Schott to publish Sgambati's 2 pf. quintets. Rich melodic gift and one of few It. composers of 19th cent. interested in instr. mus. Wrote 2 syms., Requiem Mass, pf. conc., str. qt., pf. pieces, and songs.

Subjects: Music.


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