Luigi Dallapiccola


Attended the Gymnasium in the town of his birth, Pisano, Istria. Dallapiccola had piano lessons from an early age, later studying in Trieste and Florence. He joined the staff at the Cherubini Conservatory in 1934, active at the forefront of the Italian avant-garde. That said, his adoption of an atonal idiom, later progressing into full-blown serialism, was more approachable then that of many of his contemporaries. His Canti di Prigionia (1941) remain popular, using forces reminiscent of Stravinsky’s Les Noces and the vocabulary of the composer who at the time was his polar opposite, Schoenberg. It is a fine example of Dallapiccola’s ability to write for voice in the new harmonic language.

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