Gandolfi, Riccardo (Cristoforo Daniele Diomede)

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Gandolfi, Riccardo (Cristoforo Daniele Diomede)

Gandolfi, Riccardo (Cristoforo Daniele Diomede), Italian composer; b. Voghera, Piedmont, Feb. 16, 1839; d. Florence, Feb. 5, 1920. He was a pupil of Carlo Conti at the Naples Cons., then of Mabellini in Florence. He was appointed inspector of studies at the Real Istituto di Musica in Florence (1869), and chief librarian in 1889. In 1912 he was pensioned. He began as a dramatic composer, then turned to the larger instrumental and vocal forms, and finally abandoned composition altogether, devoting himself to historical studies, which won him distinction.

Works

DRAMATIC Opera : Aldina (Milan, 1863); // Paggio (Turin, 1865); // Conte di Monreale (Genoa, 1872); Caterina di Guisa (Catania, 1872). OTHER: Messa da Requiem; cantata, II Battesimo di S. Cecilia; several overtures; chamber music.

Writings

Sulla relazione della poesia colla musica melodrammatica (1868); Una riparazione a proposito di Francesco Landino (1888); Commemorazioni di W.A. Mozart (1891); Illustrazioni di alcuni cimeli concernanti I’arte musicale in Firenze (1892); Appunti di storia musicale (1893); Onoranze Fiorentine a G. Rossini (1902).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire