Orefice, Giacomo

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Orefice, Giacomo

Orefice, Giacomo, Italian pianist, music critic, teacher, and composer; b. Vicenza, Aug. 27, 1865; d. Milan, Dec. 22, 1922. He studied piano with Busi and composition with Mancinelli at the Bologna Liceo Musicale (diploma, 1885). He taught at the Milan Cons. (1909–22); was also active as a music critic. He publ. the study Luigi Mancinelli (Rome, 1921); ed. Monteverdi’s Orfeo (Milan, 1909) and Rameau’s Platée. As a composer of operas, he followed in the verismo school.


dramatic: opera: L’oasi (Bologna,1885); Mariska (Turin, Nov. 19, 1889); Consuelo (Bologna, Nov. 27, 1895); II Gladiatore (Madrid, March 20, 1898); Chopin (Milan, Nov. 25, 1901); Cecilia (Vicenza, Aug. 16, 1902); II Mosè (Genoa, Feb. 18, 1905); II pane d’altrui (Venice, Jan. 19, 1907); Radda (Milan, Oct. 25, 1912); I Castello dei sogni (not perf.). ballet:La soubrette (Milan, 1907). orch.: 2 syms. (1892, 1911); Sinfonia del bosco (1898); Anacreontiche, suite (1917); Laudi francescane, suite (1920). other: Chamber music; piano pieces; songs.


A. Bassi, G. O.: Tradizione e avanguardia nel melodramma del primo ’900 (Padua, 1987).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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