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  • Ferruccio Busoni (1866 - 1924)

    6 28.57%
  • Alfredo Casella (1883 - 1947)

    4 19.05%
  • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895 - 1968)

    2 9.52%
  • Luigi Cherubini (1760 - 1842)

    2 9.52%
  • Gaetano Donizetti (1797 - 1848)

    4 19.05%
  • Gian Francesco Malipiero (1882 - 1973)

    3 14.29%
  • Giuseppe Martucci (1856 - 1909)

    3 14.29%
  • Niccolò Paganini (1782 - 1840)

    6 28.57%
  • Lorenzo Perosi (1872 - 1956)

    1 4.76%
  • Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880 - 1968)

    0 0%
  • Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)

    12 57.14%
  • Ottorino Respighi (1879 - 1936)

    9 42.86%
  • Gioachino Rossini (1792 - 1868)

    9 42.86%
  • Giovanni Sgambati (1841 - 1914)

    1 4.76%
  • Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)

    12 57.14%
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Thread: Your Favorite Italian Composers Who Created Their Works In The Years 1800 - 1950

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    Default Your Favorite Italian Composers Who Created Their Works In The Years 1800 - 1950

    What are your favorite Italian composers who created their works in the years 1800 - 1950?

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    I picked a handful, with Respighi and Puccini as my favourites (the others are Busoni, Donizetti, Martucci), but I like works of many of the others as well. Bellini should have been included imo (and would have also gotten my vote).

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    Why are Giorgio Federico Ghedini (1892-1965) or Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945) absent?

    Malipiero, Respighi & Busoni constitute my triumvirate from those listed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prodromides View Post
    Why are Giorgio Federico Ghedini (1892-1965) or Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945) absent?
    The 15 slot maximum is to blame.

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    The four greatest composers: Rossini, Puccini, Donizetti and Verdi. They wrote great operas.
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    As I am not a lover of opera music, my favorite composers are those focused on instrumental, orchestral and chamber music. That are: Respighi, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Perosi, Paganini, Sgambati and Martucci.

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    A couple of Verdi and Puccini operas but I'm afraid my favorites are post 1950.
    “Music makes you feel feelings. Words make you think thoughts. But a song can make you feel a thought.”

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    I voted for

    Casella
    Malipiero
    Paganini
    Puccini
    Respighi
    Rossini
    Verdi

    But most of my real favourites are post 1950

    1. Maderna
    2 Nono
    3 Berio

    I have recordings in my collection by Italian composers that I like:

    Sciarrino
    Donatone
    Morricone
    Bussotti
    Manzoni
    Corghi

    I have recordings in my collection by Italian composers, but I don't really enjoy the music

    Elisabetta Brusa (I have really tried)
    Ludovico Einaudi
    My new year's resolution is to buy less new music and listen more to the absolutely STUPID amount of music I already have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryPenfold View Post
    But most of my real favourites are post 1950

    1. Maderna
    2 Nono
    3 Berio

    I have recordings in my collection by Italian composers that I like:

    Morricone
    #MeToo

    Hope you also like Petrassi

    Although this is not related to this thread, I think you might like Italian soundtracks since you list Morricone.
    I'm quite addicted to albums by Piero Piccioni, Carlo Savina, Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, Armando Trovajoli, etc.

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    For me Dallapicola has to be in there.

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    What is the reason that Ruggero Leoncavallo is excluded from this survey and not even mentioned in any of the comments?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Knox View Post
    For me Dallapicola has to be in there.
    The lack of representation of the Italian avant-garde renders this poll irrelevant, IMO. I realize the OP purposely wished to exclude the most important Italian composers from the 20th century. Which is why I did not vote.

    The number of important Italians in the 20th century is impressive and their importance has continued into the 21st century.

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    I voted for Rossini, Verdi, Malipiero and Respighi.

    But ArtMusic, you left off Rodney Dangerfield's favorite Italian composer: Vincenzo Boombatz!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntone View Post
    The lack of representation of the Italian avant-garde renders this poll irrelevant, IMO. I realize the OP purposely wished to exclude the most important Italian composers from the 20th century. Which is why I did not vote.

    The number of important Italians in the 20th century is impressive and their importance has continued into the 21st century.
    Yes, agreed. I mentioned Dallapicola because his serial music is particularly accessible and I've enjoyed it ever since hearing La quaderno musicale di Anna Libera. Aldo Clementi and Giacinto Scelsi are more challenging but certainly worth becoming acquainted with.

    In the recent past I've tended to separate romanticism from "modernism-plus" as necessarily different, and best kept apart to avoid the fights that have happened. Starting to re-think that way of doing things.
    Last edited by Roger Knox; Mar-05-2021 at 04:38.

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