Scontrino, Antonio, prominent Italian double bass player, teacher, and composer; b. Trapani, May 17, 1850; d. Florence, Jan. 7, 1922. He studied at the Palermo Cons., becoming a virtuoso on the double bass and giving concerts. He went to Munich for a special study of German music at the Musikschule (1872–74). After various engagements as an orch. player and teacher, he settled in Florence in 1892, and taught composition at the Reale Istituto Musicale.
DRAMATIC: Opera: Matelda (Milan, June 19, 1879); II Progettista (Rome, Feb. 8, 1882); II sortilegio (Turin, June 21, 1882); Gringoire (Milan, May 24, 1890); La Cortigiana (Milan, Jan. 30, 1896). OTHER : Incidental music to Gabriele d’Annunzio’s Francesca da Rimini (Rome, Dec. 12, 1901). ORCH .: Sinfonia marinaresca (Florence, Feb. 12, 1897); Double Bass Concerto (Hamburg, Oct. 18, 1908); Sinfonia romantica (Berlin, March 9, 1914); Preludio Religioso (1919); Bassoon Concerto (Florence, Dec. 20, 1920); Piano Concerto. chamber: 4 string quartets (1901, 1903, 1905, 1918); pieces for Violin and Piano; piano pieces. VOCAL : Choral music; songs.
A. S. nella vita e nell’arte (Trapani, 1935).
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