Bazzini, Antonio

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Bazzini, Antonio (b Brescia, 1818; d Milan, 1897). It. violinist and composer. Lived in Ger. 1841–5, becoming friend of Schumann and Mendelssohn. Gave first private perf. of Mendelssohn vn. conc. Retired from concert career 1864. Became prof. of comp., Milan Cons., 1873 and dir., 1882. One of leaders of It. non-operatic revival. Comp. 4 vn. concs., 6 str. qts., 2 quintets, tone-poem Francesca da Rimini, also celebrated vn. solo, Ronde des lutins (Dance of the Elves) (1852).