Refice, Licinio , Italian conductor, teacher, and composer; b. Patrica, near Rome, Feb. 12, 1883; d. while conducting his sacred play Santa Cecilia in Rio de Janeiro, Sept. 11, 1954. He studied organ and composition at Rome’s Liceo di Santa Cecilia (diploma, 1910). After being ordained (1910), he taught at Rome’s Scuola Pontificia Superiore di Musica Sacra (1910–50) and was maestro di cappella at S. Maria Maggiore (1911–47). He also toured Europe and North and South America as a conductor.
DRAMATIC: Opera: Cecilia (1922–23; Rome, 1934); Margherita da Cartona (Milan, 1938). VOCAL: 4 oratorios: La Cananea (1910), Maria Magdalena (1914), MartyriumS. Agnetis Virginis (1919), and Trittico Francescano (1926); La vedova di Nairn, cantata (1912); Stabat Mater (1917); Te Deum (1918); many other sacred works, including over 40 masses; secular songs.
E. Mucci, L. R. (Assisi, 1955); T. Onofri and E. Mucci, Le composizioni di L. R. (Assisi, 1966).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire