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Fano, Guido Alberto


FANO, GUIDO ALBERTO (1875–1961), composer, pianist, conductor, teacher, and writer on music. Fano studied in Padua with Vittorio Orefice and Cesare Pollini (piano). He took a composition diploma at the Bologna Liceo Musicale (1897) and a law degree at the university (1901). He taught piano at the Liceo Musicale in Bologna and became director of the conservatories of Parma (1905–11), Naples (1912–16), and Palermo (1916–22). He ended his career at the Milan Conservatory (1922–38, 1945–47) as a piano teacher. His works include an opera, Iuturna (1903), La tentazione di Gesù (1909), and Impressioni sinfoniche da Napoleone (1949) for orchestra; Andante appassionato for violin and piano (1908); piano music: Sonatina op.5 (1906) and four fantasies, op.6 (1906), Sonata, E (1920), Imago, Solitudo (1933) and Rimembranze (1950); and songs. Among his writings are Pensieri sulla musica (Bologna, 1903), I regi istituti musicali d'Italia e il disegno di ruolo per il Conservatorio di Milano (Parma, 1908), Le Studio del Pianoforte (3 vols., 1923–24), and Introduction to F. Fano: Giuseppe Martucci: saggio biografico-critico (Milan, 1950), 7–13.


Grove online; mgg; Dizionario biografico degli italiani (1960– ); Dizionario enciclopedico universale della musica e dei musicisti.

[Israela Stein (2nd ed.)]

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