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CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, Mario
b Florence, 3 April 1895
d Hollywood, 15 March 1968, aged seventy-two

He was a pupil of Pizzetti. During and after World War I he was associated with Casella's Societa Italiano di Musica Moderna. He made musical settings of all the songs from Shakespeare's plays- sometimes misunderstanding the text, and once even setting a stage direction! He was at his best in his early work, but later he wrote some excellent guitar music.

1915 (20)

Coplas, for guitar (orchestra version 1967)

1920 (25)

Cipressi, for guitar

La Mandragola, opera (1920-3)

1921-5 (26-30)

Thirty-three Shakespeare Songs

1925 (30)

Le danze del re David, for piano

1927 (32)

Piano Concerto No 1

1933 (38)

Homage to Boccherini, Sonata for guitar

1936 (41)

Tarantella

Concerto for two guitars and orchestra

Concertino for harp and chamber orchestra

1938 (43)

Aucassin et Nicolette, for voice, instruments and marionettes

1939 (44)

Guitar Concerto

Violin Concerto No 2, The Prophets

1956 (61)

All's Well that Ends Well, opera

1958 (63)

The Merchant of Venice, opera

Saul, oratorio

1963 (68)

Song of Songs

1966 (71)

Sonata for cello and harp

Castelnuovo-Tedesco also composed:

Violin Concerti No 1 and 3

Piano Concerto No 2

Concerto Italiano

Symphonic Variations for violin and orchestra

An American Rhapsody

In Toscana, opera

Many oratorios

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