Franchetti, Alberto, Italian composer; b. Turin, Sept. 18, 1860; d. Viareggio, Aug. 4, 1942. He studied in Turin with Niccolo Coccon and Fortunate Magi, then with Rheinberger in Munich and with Draeseke in Dresden. He devoted his entire life to composition, with the exception of a brief tenure as director of the Cheru-bini Cons, in Florence (1926–28). His most successful opera was Germania (Milan, March 11, 1902).
DRAMATIC Opera: Asrael (Reggio Emilia, Feb. 11, 1888); Cristoforo Colombo (Genoa, Oct. 6, 1892); Fior d’Alpe (Milan, March 15, 1894); II Signor di Pourceaugnac (Milan, April 10, 1897); Germania (Milan, March 11, 1902); La Figlia di Jorio (Milan, March 29, 1906); Notte di leggenda (Milan, Jan. 14, 1915); Giove a Pompei (Rome, June 5, 1921; in collaboration with Umberto Giordano); Glauco (Naples, April 8, 1922);. OTHER: Sym. (1886); symphonic poems: Loreley and Nella selva nera; Inno for Soli, Chorus, and Orch. (for the 800th anniversary of the Univ. of Bologna); several pieces of chamber music and songs.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire