Personalities | Gabriele D’Annunzio | Turn of the Century | Opera
D’Annunzio’s most famous influence on music was Debussy’s elaborate incidental music for his extraordinarily long play The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian (1911). In fact, his connections with music were far wider. He was an extravagant eccentric and continually sought the company of musicians. The French pianist Raoul Pugno and the composer Nadia Boulanger collaborated on a setting of his La ville morte (La città morta), and various Italian composers including Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880–1968) and Gian Francesco Malipiero (1882–1973) set his works for the stage. Most interesting is his Parisina (1913), which was intended for Puccini but was instead taken up by Mascagni.
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