Ferruccio Busoni

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Birthday
1, 1866
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Jul 27, 1924 (58)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
1, 1866
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Jul 27, 1924 (58)

About

Child prodigy who came under the influence of Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms at a young age. He was known for his contrapuntally complex pieces.

Before Fame

He studied with composer Wilhelm Mayer in Graz and Carl Reinecke in Leipzig.

Trivia

He held to the philosophy, "Music was born free; and to win freedom is its destiny," which had an impact on his students, including future 20th-century innovators Percy Grainger and Edgard Varèse.

Family Life

He was born into a musical family: his father Ferdinando was a clarinetist, and his mother Anna was a pianist.

Associated With

His composition Concert Piece for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 31a, won him the 1890 Anton Rubinstein Competition.