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Rendano, Alfonso

Rendano, Alfonso

Rendano, Alfonso , Italian pianist, teacher, and composer; b. Carolei, near Cosenza, April 5, 1883; d. Rome, Sept. 10, 1931. He studied in Caserta and then at the Naples Cons. (1863). After making his debut as a pianist in 1864, he pursued training with Thalberg in Naples (1866–67), with Mathias in Paris (1867), and with Reinecke and Richter at the Leipzig Cons. (1868). He successfully toured in Europe. After teaching at the Naples Cons. (1883) and at his own piano school (1883–86), he settled in Rome to teach privately. Rendano was the inventor of the pedale indipendente, which became known as the pedale Rendano. This 3rd pedal was placed between the standard 2 pedals of the piano with the intention of prolonging the vibration of single sounds or chords. He composed an opera, Consuelo (Turin, May 25, 1902), a Piano Concerto, a Piano Quintet, many piano pieces, and vocal works.


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