Lualdi, Adriano, Italian composer; b. Larino, March 22,1885; d. Milan, Jan. 8,1971. He was a student in Rome of Falchi and in Venice of Wolf-Ferrari. In 1918 he settled in Milan and was active as a music critic and administrator. As a loyal Fascist, he served as director of the Cons, of San Pietro a Majella in Naples (1936–44). After the fall of the Fascist regime, he was forced to withdraw from public life but later resumed his career and was director of the Florence Cons. (1947–56). Lualdi was best known for his dramatic works.
dramaticLe nozze di Haura, opera (1908; rev. 1913; Italian Radio, Oct. 19, 1939; stage premiere, Rome, April 18, 1943); La figlia del re, opera (1914–17; Turin, March 18, 1922); Le furie di Arlecchino, opera (Milan, May 17, 1915; rev. 1925); II diavolo nel campanile, opera (1919–23; Milan, April 21, 1925; rev. 1952; Florence, May 21, 1954); La grançeola, opera (Venice, Sept. 10, 1932); Lumawig e la saetta, mimodrama (1936; Rome, Jan. 23,1937; rev. 1956); Eurydikes diatheke or II testamento di Euridice, opera (c. 1940–62; RAI, Nov. 22, 1962); La luna dei Caraïbi, opera (1944; Rome, Jan. 29, 1953); Tre alla radarstra-totropojonosferaphonotheca del Luna Park, satiric radio comedy (c. 1953–62). orch.: 2 symphonic poems: La leggenda del vecchio marinaio (1910) and L’interludio del sogno (1917); Suite adriatica (1932); Africa, rhapsody (1936); Divertimento (1941). vocal:La rosa di Saron or II cantico, cantata (Milan, May 10,1915); many choruses.
(all publ, in Milan): Viaggio musicale in Italia (1927); Serate musicali (1928); Viaggio musicale in Europa (1928); Arte e regime (1929); II rinnovamento musicale italiano (1931); Viaggio musicale nel Sud-America (1934); L’arte di dirigere l’orchestra (1940; 3rd ed., 1958); Viaggio musicale nell’URSS (1941); Tutti vivi (1955); La bilancia di Euripide: 10 libretti d’opera (1969).
G. Confalonieri, L’opera di A. L.(Milan, 1932).
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