Nielsen, Riccardo, Italian composer and administrator; b. Bologna, March 3, 1908; d. Ferrara, Jan. 30, 1982. He studied with Casella and Gatti. He served as director of the Teatro Comunale in Bologna (1946–50). In 1952 he became director of the Liceo Musicale (later Cons.) in Ferrara. In his early works, he was influenced by Casella. He later wrote in a 12-tone idiom, which eventually evolved into a post-Webern style.
dramatic:L’incuba, monodrama (1948); La via di Colombo, radio opera (1953). orch.: Sinfonia concertante for Piano and Orch. (1931); Violin Concerto (1932); 2 syms. (1933, 1935); Concerto for Orchestra (1935); Musica per archi (1946); Variations (1956); Varianti (1965); 6 + 5 faseie sonore for Strings (1968). chamber:Divertimento for Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Violin, Viola, and Cello (1934); 7 aforismi for Clarinet and Piano (1958); Cello Sonata (1958); Piano Quartet (1961); Cadenza a due for Cello and Piano (1967). vocal:Musik für Chor und Orchester (1944); Requiem nella miniera for Soloists, Chorus, and Orch. (1957); 4 Goethelieder for Soprano and Orch. (1958); Invenzioni e sinfonie for Soprano and Orch. (1959); songs.
—Nicolas Slomnisky/Laura Kaun/Dennis McIntire