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date: 10 April 2021

Casavola, Francolocked

  • John C.G. Waterhouse


(b Modugno, Bari, July 13, 1891; d Bari, July 7, 1955). Italian composer and critic. He studied in Bari, in Milan and with Respighi in Rome. In 1920 he became involved in the futurist movement, and during the next seven years he wrote (or contributed to) several manifestos, published in the Milan newspaper L'ambrosiano and the periodicals NOI: rivista d'arte futurista (Rome) and Il futurismo: rivista sintetica illustrata (no.10, Rome, 1924). He also wrote a futurist ‘novel’, Avviamento alla pazzzzia (Milan, 1924), futurist dramatic sketches and music employing Luigi Russolo's ‘intonarumori’. His most ambitious futurist scores were the ballets (all later repudiated), among which La danza dell'elica (with parts for wind machine and internal combustion engine) and Il cabaret epilettico had scenarios by Marinetti. At the same time Casavola showed a marked interest in mixed-media experiments. After 1927 he reverted to a more traditional outlook, winning his biggest public success with the gently parodistic, mildly exotic ...

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