Bonaventura, Arnaldo, Italian musicologist; b. Livorno, July 28, 1862; d. Florence, Oct. 7, 1952. He studied law, violin, and theory, but made musicology his career. He was a prof, of music history and librarian at the Florence Istituto Musicale until 1932, and then became director and prof, of music history and aesthetics at the Florence Cons.
Manuale di storia della musica (Livorno, 1898; 10th ed., 1920); Elementi di estetica musicale (Livorno, 1905; 3rd ed., 1926, as Manuale di estetica musicale)’, Dante e la musica (Livorno, 1904); Storia degli strumenti musicali (Livorno, 1908; many other eds.); Niccolo Paganini (Modena, 1911; 3rd ed., 1925); Saggio storico sul teatro musicale italiano (Livorno, 1913); Storia e letteratura del pianoforte (Livorno, 1918); Verdi (Paris, 1923); Bernardo Pasquini (Ascoli Piceno, 1923); Manuale di cultura musicale (Livorno, 1924); “Meflstofele” di Boito (Milan, 1924); Giacomo Puccini: L’uomo-l’artista (Livorno, 1925); Storia del violino, dei violinisti e della musica per violino (Milan, 1925); L’opera italiana (Florence, 1928); Domenico del Mela (Burgo San Lorenzo, 1928); Musicisti livornesi (Livorno, 1930); Boccherini (Milan and Rome, 1931); Rossini (Florence, 1934).
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