Personalities | Luigi Dallapiccola | Modern Era | Classical

(Loo-e’-je Dal’-la-pek’-ko-la) 1904–75
Italian composer

Of the Italian composers of his generation, Dallapiccola was the first to adopt the radical new ideas based in Schoenbergian serialism; he was also the only one who actively opposed the regime of the dictator Benito Mussolini in Italy. His use of serialism is lyrical and Italianate. Many of his works are vocal, often subtle and delicate. His overtly anti-Fascist works (the Canti di prigionia – ‘Prison Songs’, 1941, and the opera Il prigioniero – ‘The Prisoner’, 1948) are also indebted to Stravinsky, but most of his later works are marked by restraint, economy and precision. These qualities made him an influential and honourable example to, and teacher of, the post-war generation of Italian composers.

Recommended Recording:
Il prigioniero, soloists, Swedish Radio SO (cond) Esa-Pekka Salonen (Sony)

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