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date: 20 August 2019

Giuranna, (Elena) Barbaralocked

  • Antonio Trudu

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(b Palermo, Nov 18, 1898; d Rome, July 31, 1998). Italian composer and pianist. She studied the piano with Guido Alberto Fano at the Palermo Conservatory and composition with Camillo De Nardis and Antonio Savasta at the Naples Conservatory, before taking a course in advanced composition with Ghedini at the Milan Conservatory. She taught at the Rome Conservatory from 1937, at first theory of music and solfeggio, then, from 1942 to 1970, harmony, counterpoint and fugue. Between 1948 and 1956 she was music consultant to RAI in Rome. In 1982 she was elected a member of the Accademia di S Cecilia.

Her stage works, like the opera Jamanto, demonstrate her strong leaning towards traditional verismo. In her earlier compositions she favoured a descriptive, programmatic mode of writing in the manner of Respighi; indeed, works such as the symphonic poems X legio and Patria are clearly conditioned by the political and cultural climate of the 1930s: in them, Zanetti, writing in ...

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