- Michele Girardi
(b Livorno, Dec 7, 1863; d Rome, Aug 2, 1945). Italian composer and conductor.
His precocious musical talent was identified by Alfredo Soffredini, his first teacher, who encouraged him in a musical career against the wishes of Mascagni’s father. His first compositions, a four-part mass and the cantata In filanda (1881), from which he extracted the dramatic idyll Pinotta in 1883, won him financial support from Count Florestano de Larderel and enabled him to go to the Milan Conservatory, where he studied with Ponchielli and Saladino, and shared a room with Puccini. However, he left in April 1885, finding work at once with the company of Dario Acconci, who had already staged his operetta Il re a Napoli that year. He toured Italy as a conductor with various companies until he arrived at Cerignola, in Apulia, for Carnival 1886, where he settled as teacher to the local philharmonic society, partly because his wife, Lina, was expecting their first child. In ...