Bolzoni, Giovanni

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Bolzoni, Giovanni

Bolzoni, Giovanni, Italian composer and conductor; b. Parma, May 14, 1841; d. Turin, Feb. 21, 1919. He studied at the Parma Cons. He was active as a conductor in Perugia, served as director and prof, of composition at the Liceo Musicale in Turin (1887–1916), and also conducted at the Teatro Regio there (1884–89). His most successful operas were II matrimonio civile (Parma, 1870), La stella delle Alpi (Savona, 1876), and Jella (Piacenza, 1881). A melodious minuet from one of his string quartets became a perennial favorite in numerous arrangements.

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