Maganini, Quinto, American flutist, conductor, arranger, and composer; b. Fairfield, Calif., Nov. 30, 1897; d. Greenwich, Conn., March 10, 1974. He played flute in the San Francisco Sym. (1917–19) and in the N.Y Sym. (1919–28). He studied flute with Barrère in N.Y. and composition with Boulanger at the American Cons, in Fontainebleau. In 1928–29 he held a Guggenheim fellowship. In 1930 he became conductor of the N.Y. Sinfonietta. In 1932 he organized his own orch., the Maganini Chamber Sym., with which he toured widely. From 1939 to 1970 he was conductor of the Norwalk (Conn.) Sym. Orch.
Toulumne, “a Californian Rhapsody,” for Orch., with Trumpet obbligato (N.Y., Aug. 9, 1924); South Wind, orch. fantasy (N.Y, April 7, 1931); Sylvan Symphony (N.Y, Nov. 30, 1932); Napoleon, orch. portrait (N.Y, Nov. 10, 1935); The Royal Ladies, orch. suite on airs ascribed to Marie Antoinette (Greenwich, Conn., Feb. 3, 1940); Tennessee’s Partner, opera (WOR Radio, N.Y, May 28, 1942); numerous arrangements for small orch. of classical and modern works.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire