A Florentine composer between two worlds: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)

17 October 2018 - 18:00

Lecture in English by Matteo Sansone 


As a result of Mussolini’s 1938 racial laws, the Jewish composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco left Florence and settled in Beverly Hills where he remained until his death. In addition to film scores, orchestral music and works for classical guitar, Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s catalogue reflects his predilection for the art song, especially for Shakespeare’s poetry. He also composed two operas to texts by Shakespeare: All’s Well That Ends Well and The Merchant of Venice. His final opera was a comedy based on The Importance of Being Earnest. Dr Matteo Sansone is a musicologist specialising in Italian opera.



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