Mainardi, Enrico, Italian cellist, teacher, and composer; b. Milan, May 19, 1897; d. Munich, April 10, 1976. He studied cello and composition at the Milan Cons, (graduated, 1920), cello with H. Becker in Berlin, and composition with Malipiero in Venice. He made tours of Europe, both as a soloist and a chamber music player.
orch.: 3 cello concertos: No. 1 (1943; Rome, May 13, 1947; composer soloist), No. 2 (1960), and No. 3, with String Orch. (1966); Musica per archi; Elegie for Cello and String Orch. (1957); Concerto for 2 Cellos and Orch. (1969; Freiburg im Breisgau, Oct. 12, 1970); Divertimento for Cello and String Orch. (1972). chamber: 2 unnumbered string trios (1939, 1954); Suite for Cello and Piano (1940); Cello Sonatina (1943); Notturno for Piano Trio (1947); String Quartet (1951); Cello Sonata (1955); Sonata and Sonata breve for Solo Cello; 7 studi brevi for Cello (1961); Sonata quasi fantasia for Cello and Piano (1962); Violin Sonata; Piano Quartet (1968); Viola Sonata (1968); Burattini, suite of 12 pieces for Cello and Piano (1968); Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano (1969); String Quintet (1970); Piano Sonatina (1941); other piano pieces.
E. M; Bekenntnisse eines Künstlers (Wiesbaden, 1977).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire