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Pinelli, Ettore

Ferruccio Bonavia

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Rome, Oct 18, 1843; d Rome, Sept 17, 1915). Italian violinist, conductor, teacher and composer . He studied the violin with his uncle Tullio Ramacciotti and at 13 was giving concerts. In 1864 he studied with Joachim at Hanover. At Rome again, he joined his uncle’s ensemble, the original Quartetto Romano, which in 1866, when Ramacciotti left it, became a quintet with the addition of Tito Monachesi, violin, and Giovanni Sgambati, piano. For almost half a century Pinelli and Sgambati, both individually and jointly, made important contributions to Rome’s musical life. In 1869 they established a free school of violin and piano for poor children; this was the nucleus of the Liceo Musicale of the Accademia di S Cecilia, founded in 1877, where Pinelli and Sgambati taught for the rest of their lives. Pinelli excelled as a teacher, and many of his pupils had distinguished careers. With Sgambati he founded the Chamber Music Society of Rome; they also alternated as directors of the Royal Court Concerts. In ...

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Subjects: Romantic Music

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