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Autographed 15 hand executed double bar musical quotation by the Italian composer, conductor and educator of his Canzonetta Abruzzese, op. 124.  The quotation is dedicated to an important Neapolitan dentist, Dottore Eugenio Camerlingo, no place, no date. The sheet dimensions are 8.7” x 12.5”.

De Nardis (1857-1951) was born in the Abruzzo town of Orsogna in the province of Cheiti.  He studied at the San Pietro a Majella Conservatorio with Giuseppe Corregio and Nicola D’Arienzo.  He wrote his first opera “Arabella” at the age of eighteen and in the year of his 1879 graduation he wrote an operetta, “Un Bagno Freddo” initially performed at the Conservatory and then a year later at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples to critical and popular acclaim. The operetta put him on the map and he was busy from that point on in his life.  In 1880 De Nardis founded the Giovanni Battista Pergolesi Society with fellow Neapolitan composers; Giuseppe Dell’Orefice, Mario Pasquale Costa and Florestano Rossamondi.  He also became a regular conductor at the Teatro Nuovo.  He was appointed Professor of Harmony at the Naples Conservatorio in 1882.  In 1885 he was appointed Professor of Choirs at the Nunziatella, the Military College of Naples.  From 1886 he added the Bourbon Hospice for the Poor, The Abergo dei Poveri to his list of institutions and taught harmony and theory at the school there.  In 1887 de Nardis  made his debut as a conductor at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, conducting “I Puritani” and “Don Carlo”.  The next season, “Il Trovatore”, “Otello”, “Guglielmo Tell”, “L’Africana”  and the Naples Premiere of “Tannhäuser”.  He also this same year became the Music Director of the historical Chiesa San Fernadino and deputy to composer Giuseppe Martucci of the Società de Quartetto, one of the local orchestras made up of exceptional amateurs.  In 1892 the composer taught composition at the Bellini Conservatory in Palermo.  When the post of Professor of Composition opened up in Naples at the Conservatory in 1907, he accepted the position and was also named Deputy Director.  He held this position for twenty two years. He also held the position of Director of the Teatro San Carlo for a time.  Over his many years of teaching he taught composition to Franco Alfano, Umberto Giordano, Pascual Quarantino and harmony to Francesco Cilea.  Ricordi published his practical course in harmony which is still in print today.

As a composer, De Nardis was quite successful.  In listening to his music, one can see he was inspired by both the folk style music of his native Naples and Giuseppe Verdi.  The influence of Verdi can be heard to its’ best advantage in his seminal work for concert band, “Universal Judgement” which is still well performed all over the World and Edwin Franko Goldman had transcribed for his famous band in the 1920’s.  The composer won several prizes for this composition, the National Band Competition in 1878 and again in the National Composition Competition in Turin in 1880.  He composed 5 operas, 2 operettas, an oratorio, a symphony, music for symphonic band, chamber music, piano music and songs.  His Abruzzo upbringing was a theme for many of his works which included a symphonic suite, as well as several songs and solo piano music in the form of canzonettas and serenatas.

Our musical quotation was for one of his last canzonettas and the work which was originally published by Ricordi is available today by Edizioni Curci.

The opera house in his birthplace of Orsogna is the Teatro Camillo de Nardis and a competition is held there each Summer in his name.  A street in Naples bears his name which interestingly  bisects a street named for Francsco Cilea.

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