- Sergio Martinotti
Marquis of Valverde (b Cagliari, Dec 15, 1830; d Castel Gandolfo, Aug 14, 1890). Italian critic and composer. In 1853 he became music critic for the Rivista contemporanea of Turin and of L’opinione in Rome, with which he was associated for 36 years; he also wrote for the Gazzetta musicale di Milano and other periodicals. Originally hostile to Wagner and Boito, he came to admire both. He joined a ‘league of orthography’ which was directed against the claques then powerful in the Rome theatres and which upheld an ideal of the theatre as ‘art’. He composed vocal and dramatic music, including three comic operas: I due precettori (Turin, Rossini, 1858), Sganarello (Milan, Re, 1861) and La guerra d’amore (Florence, Niccolini, 7 December 1870).SchmidlD A. De Angelis: ‘Il marchese d’Arcais’, Musica d’oggi, 7 (1925), 347–51 [with additional bibliography] A. Della Corte: La critica musicale e i critici...