Amilcare Ponchielli

Italian Born 31 Aug 1834 Died 17 Jan 1886
Born in Cremona in 1834, Ponchielli studied at the Milan Conservatoire between the years of 1843 and 1854.  There he wrote, collaboratively, the first of his many stage works; the operetta Il Sindaco Babbeo was the work of four students, Ponchielli included.  A stint as organist at S. Ilario, Cremona, came between his days at the conservatoire and a life as composer.  He first enjoyed success with I promesi sposi (1872) but is now remembered largely for La Gioconda (1876) and for teaching both Puccini and Mascagni as a professor at the Milan Conservatoire.

MIDI FILE - from "La Gioconda": Danza delle Ore (7'13'')

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