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The Rebirth of Instrumental Music in Italy in the 19th Century: Basevi, Martucci and Sgambati

A Lecture by Musicologist Jesse Rosenberg, Northwestern University, Evanston and Maestro Francesco Attardi, Milan

After many years of the domination of opera over musical life in Italy, the second half of the nineteenth century saw a renewed appreciation of instrumental music in such centers as Florence, Naples, Bologna, Rome, and Milan. This development is largely due to the pioneering spirit and efforts of three extraordinary figures: Abramo Basevi, Giuseppe Martucci and Giovanni Sgambati, who will lay the foundations for a thoroughgoing renewal of Italian instrumental music.

Professor Jesse Rosenberg received his PhD from New York University, and has been on the musicology faculty of Northwestern University since 1998. Both as a scholar and teacher he specializes in 19th-century Italian opera, and has published his researches on Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, and Mascagni, as well as studies on opera and religion.

Conductor, pianist and musicologist, Maestro Francesco Attardi occupies a prominent place in the Italian music scene, having combined the musicological skills with his remarkable conducting activity, with the rediscovery of forgotten masterpieces of Italian nineteenth-century symphonies, such as Giovanni Sgambati’s 2nd Symphony (one of Franz Liszt’s brightest pupils and the father of the Italian symphony) of which he edited a critical edition for Suvini Zerboni and conducted the first performances in modern times in Milan (La Verdi Orchestra), in Palermo (Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana) and in Catania (Teatro Massimo ‘Vincenzo Bellini’). After his musical studies at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan, he specialized in conducting with Pierre Dervaux at the Académie Internationale in Nice, with Murry Sidlin at the Aspen Music School (US) and with Leopold Hager at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and completed his training as an assistant to Romano Gandolfi at Teatro alla Scala and Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, and Giuseppe Patanè and Wolfgang Sawallisch at the Munich State Opera.

Free and open to the public.

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