- Francesco Bussi
(b Turin, July 29, 1865; d Rome, Oct 17, 1909). Italian composer, pianist and conductor. On his mother’s side he was related to the composers Bonifazio Asioli and Isidoro Rossi. His teachers included Ernesto Becucci and Luigi Mancinelli in Florence and Trouvé-Castellani and Giovanni Sgambati in Rome; he completed his studies with Costantino Palumbo and Paolo Serrao in Naples. His graduation piece, the comedy I guanti gialli, was performed at the conservatory in 1881. His first publicly performed work was Labilia. This was placed second to Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana in a competition for one-act operas organized by the publisher Edoardo Sonzogno in 1888. It was performed on 7 May 1890 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome, its success owing much to the conductor Leopoldo Mugnone and the singers Gemma Bellincioni (Labilia) and Roberto Stagno (Volello), the same artists who appeared in Cavalleria ten days later. In his review in ...