Gastaldon, Stanislas, Italian composer; b. Turin, April 7, 1861; d. Florence, March 7, 1939. At the age of 17 he began publishing nocturnes, ballabili, and other pieces for piano. He was music critic for the Nuovo Giornale in Florence. He wrote about 300 songs, some of which were popular (La musica proibita, Ti vorrei rapire, Frate Anselmo, Donna Clara). He was also fairly successful with his operas Mala Pasqua (Rome, 1890), // Pater (Milan, 1894), Stellina (Florence, 1905), II sonetto di Dante (Genoa, 1909), and II Reuccio di Caprilana (Turin, 1913). He also wrote marches for military band, a piano fantasia, La dansa delle scimmie, etc.
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