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date: 19 August 2019

Rossellini, Renzolocked

  • Raffaele Pozzi


(b Rome, Feb 2, 1908; d Monte Carlo, May 13, 1982). Italian composer. He studied composition with Giacomo Setaccioli and conducting with Bernardino Molinari, and was director of the Liceo Musicale, Varese (1934–5). He taught composition at the Pesaro Conservatory from 1940 to 1942, was music critic for the Rome Messaggero and artistic director of the Monte Carlo Opera (1972–6). Rossellini came to public notice at the beginning of the 1930s with the performance of various orchestral compositions. In 1931, the Augusteo in Rome programmed his Suite in tre tempi, which was followed by other orchestral works such as the rhapsodic suite Hoggar (1932), the Preludio all’Aminta del Tasso (1933) and the Canti di marzo (1935). These early pieces reveal the influence of Respighi and a superficial response to Debussy; their folk, historical and mythological inspiration was rooted in the ‘Roman spirit’ and cultural rhetoric of fascist Italy. After the war Rossellini turned his attention to music theatre, following the first Italian performance, in ...

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