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Chailly, Luciano

Chailly, Luciano

Chailly, Luciano, prominent Italian music administrator, teacher, and composer, father of Riccardo Chailly; b. Ferrara, Jan. 19, 1920. He studied violin in Ferrara (diploma, 1941) and pursued academic training at the Univ. of Bologna (B.A., 1943). After composition studies with R. Bossi at the Milan Cons, (diploma, 1945), he studied with Hindemith in Salzburg (1948). He was director of music programming for the RAI (1950–67), and artistic director of Milan’s La Scala (1968–71), Turin’s Teatro Regio (1972), Milan’s Angelicum (1973–75), and Verona’s Arena (1975–76). He was again associated with La Scala (from 1977) and was artistic director of the Genoa Opera (1983–85); he also taught at the Milan Cons. (1968–83). In 1989–90 he was artistic director of the RAI orch. and choir in Turin. His music is composed in a communicative neo-Classical idiom, with some dodecaphonic incrustations and electronic effects.


DRAMATIC: Opera: Ferrovia soprelevata (Bergamo, Oct. 1, 1955); Una domanda di matrimonio (Milan, May 22, 1957); II canto del cigno (Bologna, Nov. 16, 1957); La riva delle Sirti (Monte Carlo, March 1, 1959); Procedura penale (Como, Sept. 30, 1959); II mantello (Florence, May 11, 1960); Era proibito (Milan, March 5, 1963); L’Idiota (1966–67; Rome, Feb. 14, 1970); Vassiliev (Genoa, March 16, 1967); Markheim (Spoleto, July 14, 1967); Sogno (ma forse no) (Trieste, Jan. 28, 1975); // libro dei reclami (Vienna, May 29, 1975); La Cantatrice calva (Vienna, Nov. 5, 1985). ballet:Fantasmi al Grand-Hotel (Milan, 1960); II cappio (Naples, 1962); L’urlo (Palermo, 1967); Shee (Melbourne, 1967); Anna Frank (Verona, 1981); Es-Ballet (1983). instrumental:Toccata for Orch. (1948); 12 Sonate tritematiche (for various instrumentations; 1951–61); Sequenze dell’artide for Orch. (1961); Piccole serenate for Strings (1967); Contrappunti a quattro dimensioni for Orch. (1973); Newton- Variazioni for Chamber Orch. (1979); Es-Konzert for Orch. (1980); Psicosi for Instruments and Percussion (1980); Es-Kammerkonzert for Small Instrumental Group (1983); chamber works; piano pieces. other: Choral works; songs; music for television.


R. Cresti, Linguaggio musicale di L C.(Milan, 1993).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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