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date: 22 August 2019

Tommasini, Vincenzolocked

  • John C.G. Waterhouse

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(b Rome, Sept 17, 1878; d Rome, Dec 23, 1950). Italian composer. He studied the violin, the piano and composition at the Liceo di S Cecilia, Rome, and classical philology at Rome University. He then went to Berlin, where he produced a critical edition of Xenophon’s Peri hippikēs (Berlin, 1902) and attended Bruch’s class at the Hochschule für Musik. His sympathies, however, soon gravitated towards the French tradition: in 1907 he wrote the first important Italian article on Debussy. His wealth enabled him to travel widely on both sides of the Atlantic and, though based in Rome throughout the latter part of his life, he became notorious for his elusiveness. Nominally associated with Casella’s Società Italiana di Musica Moderna (1917–19), he took little active part in the musical battles of the time; nor did he make much effort to push his music before the public – thus failing, even in Italy, to win the attention he deserved....

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The New Grove Dictionary of Opera
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