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Ildebrando Pizzetti
1880 - 1968
Italy
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I. Pizzetti
Ildebrando Pizzetti (20/09/1880 - 13/02/1968), an Italian composer, born in Parma.
Source:Riemann Musik Lexikon
Messa di requiem
Period:Expressionism
Composed in:1923
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Duration:26'19''
In memory of:the composer's first wife
Label(s):Hyperion CDA 67017
Chandos CHAN 8964
Ars Musici AM 1265-2
Harmonia Mundi HMU 807518
This a cappella Messa di requiem (1923) is dedicated to Pizzetti's first wife. Duration: 28'35''. Conceived within the bounds of liturgical worship are a number of a cappella requiem settings, which display a simplicity and sobriety that recall the aims of the 19th-century Cecilian movement. Principal among these are those of Pizzetti (19223), Georges Migot (1953), Priaulx Rainier (1955), Randall Thompson (1958) and Iain Hamilton (1979).
Author:Steven Chang-Lin Yu
Throughout his life, Ildebrando Pizzetti struggled to emerge from the shadows of two more notable contemporaries, Puccini and Respighi. His orchestral music could not match Respighis flair and his operas have never received the recognition of Puccinis, but Pizzettis unaccompanied choral music represents the finest Italian turn-of-the-century artistry. His Messa di Requiem, composed in 1922, is a work firmly steeped in the Gregorian tradition.