Filippi, Filippo, Italian writer on music and composer; b. Vicenza, Jan. 13, 1830; d. Milan, June 24, 1887. He studied law at Padua, taking his degree in 1853. In 1851 he began his career as a music critic with a warm defense of Verdi’s Rigoletto. From 1859 until 1862 he was ed. of the Gazzetta Musicale, and from 1859 to 1862 music critic of the newly founded Persevemnza and then its ed. (1862–87). He publ. a collection of essays on great musicians, Musica e musicisti (Milan, 1876). As a zealous Wagnerite, he wrote a pamphlet, Riccardo Wagner (in German, as Richard Wagner: Eine musikalische Reise in das Reich der Zukunft, 1876); also publ. a monograph, Delia vita e delle opere di Adolfo Fumagalli (Milan, 1857). Among his compositions were a String Quintet, 9 string quartets, piano trio, piano pieces, and songs.
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