Toselli, Enrico

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Toselli, Enrico

Toselli, Enrico, Italian pianist, teacher, and composer; b. Florence, March 13, 1883; d. there, Jan. 15, 1926. He studied with Sgambati and Martucci, and gave concerts in Italy as a pianist. He wrote the operettas La cattiva Francesca (1912) and La principessa bizzarra (1913), the symphonic poem II fuoco, and various salon pieces for Voice and Piano, the most celebrated being Serenata (1900). In 1907 he married the former Crown Princess Luise of Saxony, creating an international furor; following their separation in 1912, he recounted this affair in his book Mari d’altessee: 4 ans de manage avec Louise de Toscane, ex-princesse de Saxe (Paris, 1913; Eng. tr., 1913).


L. Previero, E. T.: Il musicista della serenata (Florence, 1997).

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