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Fumagalli

Fumagalli, family of Italian musicians, all brothers:

(1) Disma Fumagalli, b. Sept. 8, 1826; d. Milan, March 9, 1893. He was a pupil at, and from 1857 a prof, of, the Milan Cons. He was a prolific composer of piano music (over 250 numbers).

(2) Adolfo Fumagalli, b. Oct. 19, 1828; d. Florence, May 3, 1856. He was a pianist, pupil of Gaetano Medaglia, and later of Angeleri and Ray at the Milan Cons. He then undertook tours throughout Italy, France, and Belgium, earning the sobriquet “the Paganini of the pianoforte.” During his brief lifetime he publ. about 100 elegant and effective piano pieces, which obtained an extraordinary vogue. Filippo Filippi wrote a sketch, Delia vita e delle opere di Adolfo Fumagalli (Milan, 1857).

(3) Polibio Fumagalli, b. Oct. 26, 1830; d. Milan, June 21, 1900. He was a pianist and a composer for piano and for organ.

(4) Luca Fumagalli, b. May 29, 1837; d. Milan, June 5, 1908. He was a pupil at the Milan Cons. He played with great success in Paris (1860), and publ. salon music for piano. He also composed an opera, Luigi XI (Florence, 1875).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire