Gallico, Paolo

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Gallico, Paolo

Gallico, Paolo, Italian-American composer and pianist; b. Trieste, May 13, 1868; d. N.Y, July 6, 1955. At the age of 15, he gave a recital at Trieste, then studied at the Vienna Cons, under Julius Epstein, graduating at 18 with highest honors. After successful concerts in Italy, Austria, Russia, Germany, etc., he settled in N.Y. in 1892 as a concert pianist and teacher. He also toured the U.S. frequently as pianist in recitals and as a soloist with the principal orchs. He won the prize of the National Federation of Music Clubs in 1921 with his dramatic oratorio The Apocalypse (N.Y, Nov. 22, 1922). His symphonic episode, Euphorion, was performed in Los Angeles (April 6, 1923), N.Y., and Detroit; his Sextet was performed by the Soc. of the Friends of Music in N.Y. He also wrote an opera, Harlekin (1926), piano pieces, and songs. His son, Paul Gallico, was a well-known writer.

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