Gnecchi, Vittorio, Italian composer; b. Milan, July 17, 1876; d. there, Feb. 1, 1954. He studied at the Milan Cons. His opera Cassandra was performed at Bologna on Dec. 5, 1905. Some years later, after the premiere of Strauss’s Elektra, there was considerable discussion when Giovanni Tebaldini pointed out the identity of some 50 themes in the two works (“Telepatia Musicale,” Rivista Musicale Italiana, XVII, 1909). Gnecchi also wrote the operas Virtu d’amove (1896) and La rosiera, after a comedy by Alfred de Musset (in Ger., Gera, Feb. 12, 1927; in It., Trieste, Jan. 24, 1931).
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