Alfredo's father and two uncles, Carlo, Cesare, and Gioacchino were all professional cellists of some note; his mother was a pianist, and gave Alfredo his first lessons. Mahler in his own writing of this period, rather than turning to impressionism. His first symphony of is from this time, and it is with this work that Casella made his debut as a conductor when he led the symphony's premiere in Monte Carlo in Alfredo Casella was one of the best-known Italian piano virtuosos of his generation, and together with Arturo Bonucci cello and Alberto Poltronieri violin , he formed the Trio Italiano in , which played to great acclaim in Europe and the USA. Amongst his chamber works, both Cello Sonatas are played with some frequency, as is the very beautiful late Harp Sonata , and the music for Flute and Piano. Casella also made live-recording player piano music rolls for the Aeolian Duo-Art system all of which survive today and can be heard.
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Alfredo's father, Carlo, was also a professional cellist, as were Carlo's brothers Cesare and Gioacchino; his mother was a pianist, who gave the boy his first music lessons. His first symphony of is from this time, and it is with this work that Casella made his debut as a conductor when he led the symphony's premiere in Monte Carlo in From to Casella was the principal conductor of the Boston Pops , where he was succeeded by Arthur Fiedler.
This group played to great acclaim in Europe and America. His stature as a pianist and his work with the trio gave rise to some of his best-known compositions, including A Notte Alta , the Sonatina, Nove Pezzi , and the Six Studies, Op. For the trio to play on tour, he wrote the Sonata a Tre and the Triple Concerto.
Casella had his biggest success with the ballet La Giara , set to a scenario by Luigi Pirandello ; other notable works include Italia , the Concerto Romano commissioned by Rodman Wanamaker and premiered at the Wanamaker Auditorium in New York with the organ and Wanamaker collection of rare string instruments , Partita and Scarlattiana for piano and orchestra, the Violin and Cello Concerti, Paganiniana , and the Concerto for Piano, Strings, Timpani and Percussion.
Amongst his chamber works, both Cello Sonatas are played with some frequency, as is the very beautiful late Harp Sonata, and the music for flute and piano. Casella also made live-recording player piano music rolls for the Aeolian Duo-Art system, all of which survive today and can be heard. The resurrection of Antonio Vivaldi 's works in the 20th century is mostly thanks to the efforts of Casella, who in organised the now historic Vivaldi Week , in which the poet Ezra Pound was also involved.
Since then Vivaldi's compositions have enjoyed almost universal success and the advent of historically informed performance has only strengthened his position. In the Venetian businessman Antonio Fanna founded the Istituto Italiano Antonio Vivaldi , with the composer Malipiero as its artistic director, with the purpose of promoting Vivaldi's music and putting out new editions of his works. Casella's work on behalf of his Italian Baroque musical ancestors put him at the centre of the early 20th-century Neoclassical revival in music and influenced his own compositions profoundly.
His editions of Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven 's piano works, along with many others, proved extremely influential on the musical taste and performance style of Italian players in the following generations. The generazione dell'ottanta "generation of '80" , including Casella himself, Malipiero, Respighi , Pizzetti , and Alfano — all composers born around , the post- Puccini generation — concentrated on writing instrumental works, rather than operas, which Puccini and his musical forebears had specialised in.
Members of this generation were the dominant figures in Italian music after Puccini's death in ; they had their counterparts in Italian literature and painting. Casella, who was especially passionate about painting, accumulated an important collection of art and sculptures. He was perhaps the most "international" in outlook and stylistic influences of the generazione dell'ottanta , owing at least in part to his early musical training in Paris and the circle in which he lived and worked while there.
He died in Rome. Their granddaughter is actress Daria Nicolodi and their great-granddaughter is actress Asia Argento. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
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Catalog Record: Barcarola et scherzo : [pour] flûte et piano | HathiTrust Digital Library
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