Casamorata, Luigi Ferdinando
- Sergio Lattes
(b Würzburg, May 15, 1807; d Florence, Sept 24, 1881). Italian music critic and composer. He began piano lessons with Fröhlich at Würzburg, then studied at Florence, where he had settled in 1813, with Luigi Pelleschi, at the same time as he studied law. In 1825 he won a composition prize. He wrote several ballets, one opera and sacred and chamber music. At the same time he contributed to many reviews, including the Gazzetta musicale di Milano, the Rivista musicale di Firenze and the Nazione. He took part in the 1847 uprisings and wrote articles on political topics in several newspapers. When the grand duke returned to power, he retired from politics and in 1849 joined the Livorno railway. Ten years later he collaborated with Basevi in founding the Istituto Musicale of Florence (later the conservatory), which was given its charter in 1862 and of which he was president until his death. He worked with Pougin on the supplement to the ...