Giuseppe Martucci

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Birthday
6, 1856
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Jun 1, 1909 (53)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
6, 1856
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Jun 1, 1909 (53)

About

Pivotal figure in Italian music history, reviving his native land's interest in non-operatic music and exposing the nation to English music. He conducted the first Italian performance of "Tristan und Isolde" in Bologna in 1888.

Before Fame

He was considered a child prodigy and entered Naples Conservatory when he was 11. He studied composition with the famed Paolo Serrao.

Trivia

He bucked the norm among Italian composers and avoided writing any operas. Instead, he composed "Samuel," an oratorio.

Family Life

His father Gaetano, a trumpet player, instructed his son in the basics of music theory. His son Paolo gained recognition as a skilled pianist.

Associated With

He brought Richard Wagner's operas to Italy for the first time.