Price: $225.00

                 MINT CONDITION

 Unusual autographed 2.5” x 3.5” original deckled photograph of the prolific Italian post Romantic composer seated at his desk with a score opened in front of him and coffee service, Asolo, October, 1960.


Malipiero (1882-1973) was born in Venice to an wealthy noble family.  His family had a history of musicians, his paternal grandfather Francesco a composer, mainly of opera, his father Luigi a concert pianist and conductor.  His parents divorced when he was eleven and unusual for the time, his father took him initially to Trieste and then out of Italy to Berlin and then Vienna.  He enrolled in the Vienna Conservatory to study violin for a year in 1898 and then after disagreements with his father left in 1899 to live with his mother in Venice.  He enrolled in Venice at the local Liceo Musicale Benedetto Marcello to study with the Director, the famed Italian organist and composer Marco Enrico Bossi.  When Bossi moved to Bologna to run the Liceo Musicale di Bologna in 1902, Malipiero left the Conservatory to study on his own, copying scores to better understand the works and musical styles, which would come in quite handy later in his career.  He went to Bologna to finish his studies with Bossi in 1904 and received his diploma in composition there that year. After receiving his diploma he went to work with the blind opera composer Antonio Smareglia as his amanuensis where he expanded his knowledge of orchestration.  In 1905, the composer periodically spent time in Berlin studying composition with Max Bruch, culminating in spending most of the academic year 1908 in Bruch’s advanced composition class. He next spent time in Paris where he became friendly with Alfredo Casella, which opened an entire world of music and musical colleagues to him.  He met Berg, Debussy, de Falla, Schoenberg and Stravinsky whilst there.  In 1913 he heard the World Premiere of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” which changed his musical outlook and in some ways his style, though in orchestral works, while they gained some hints of impressionism, they tended to be quite lyrical throughout his career.  One can hear the influence of Debussy’s impressionism significantly in his 1914 4 part solo piano work, “Preludi Autonnaly” which is an absolute homage, but quite original in its’ structure.  There were only a few remaining works from his earlier period, as he decided to eliminate them after his time in Paris.  He returned to Italy in 1917 and lived with his family until 1921.  He left Rome for Parma in 1921 to become a composition professor at the conservatory there.  He left after the academic year and bought his home in Asolo which was to become his permanent base for the rest of his life, despite teaching at the Venice Conservatory from 1932-1959 and serving as Director from 1939 to 1959. 


As a composer Malipiero was unusually prolific despite his teaching obligations.  Unusual, as many composers cut down on their composing time while they taught. Malipiero also did not work for the most part on smaller chamber and solo works.  His domain was in the symphonic idiom, opera and ballet.  He wrote over 61 works for orchestra and solo instruments and orchestra, 35 operas, 5 ballets, as well as a large amount of works for voice and small ensembles, other chamber music including string quartets, piano trios and smaller ensemble works of various instruments as well as solo piano music.  While his works for orchestra alone tend to be very lyrical and very much in the Italian idiom with a bit of impressionism tossed in, his works for solo instruments and orchestra would often delve into neoclassicism.  He also wrote a number of homages to other composers.  Unique works in their style, but wholly his own.  These works include homages to early Italian masters, Cimarosa, Frescobaldi and Vivaldi, but also delved into his modern friends including Debussy, De Falla, Faure and Stravinsky.


There is a wide array of Malipiero works of all genres on records.  His publisher Ricordi currently has 346 active works available for sale and or rental.  His works are still well programmed in Europe and several major label recordings of his solo and chamber works have already been released this year.


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