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Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

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« on: April 25, 2022, 11:47:23 am »

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco was born in Florence in 1895. His early compositions, often considered too "progressive" by audiences, were influenced by Pizzetti's austere contrapuntalism, Debussy's Impressionism and the neo-classicism of Ravel. He also experimented with unconventional harmonies, and developed a distinctively refined vocabulary based on successions of parallel chords, polytonal blocks of sound and a fluent counterpoint.

He wrote two piano quintets:

The first piano quintet is opus 69 in F major (1932). There are four movements:

1. Lento e Sognante
2. Andante
3. Scherzo (Leggero e Danzante)
4. Vivo e Impetuoso

The work was played by Massimo Bianchi (pianist) and the Aron Quartet.

The second, "Memories of the Tuscan Countryside", is opus 155 from 1951. There are four parts:

1. Le colline (Sereno e scorrevole)
2. I cipressi (Lento e Grave)
3. Processione nel mese di Maria (Allegretto innocente)
4. La mietitura (Vivace e ritmico)

This work too was played by Massimo Bianchi (pianist) and the Aron Quartet.

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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2022, 03:47:17 am »

Castelnuovo-Tedesco was an italian composer of jewish heritage ,the persecution during Fascism and then exile made him forget at home
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