Busoni, Ferruccio (USA) (Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto )
- Judith Crispin
(Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto )
(b Empoli, Italy, April 1, 1866; d Berlin, Germany, July 27, 1924). Italian composer and pianist, active in the United States. He arrived in North America in 1891 with the hope of rapidly establishing a reputation and stayed for 39 months until 1894. From September 1891 he taught at the New England Conservatory of Music for one year before resigning to work as a freelance pianist. He planned to return to Europe the following year but could not afford the journey. In September 1893 Busoni moved to New York, which he described to his wife Gerda as surpassing everything he knew. In New York he gave concerts and taught private students, including the ethnomusicologist natalie Curtis, who introduced him to Native American music, and to whom he would later dedicate his Indian Fantasy for piano and orchestra (BV 264, 1913–4). Busoni later returned to North America to give concert tours in ...