Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario, 1895-1968

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1895-04-03
Death 1968-03-16
Italians
Spanish; Castilian, Italian, Hebrew, English

Biographical notes:

Composer.

From the description of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco autograph letter to Robert Raphael, 1959 May 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 426069522

From the description of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco autograph letter to Robert Raphael, 1959 Jan. 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 426069519

From the description of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco autograph letter to Robert Raphael, 1959 June 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 426069523

From the description of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco autograph letter to Robert Raphael, 1959 Sept. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 426069526

From the description of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco autograph letter to Robert Raphael, 1959 Mar. 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 426069521

From the description of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco autograph card to Robert Raphael, 1959 Oct. 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 426069528

From the description of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco autograph letter to Robert Raphael, 1958 Nov. 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 426069518

From the description of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco autograph letter to Robert Raphael, 1959 July 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 426069525

Italian composer and pianist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : [Beverly Hills], 3 June 1949, to Johnny [Green], 1949 June 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270873236

Composed 1936-37. First performance New York, 2 November 1939, the Philharmonic Society of New York, John Barbirolli conductor, the composer soloist.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Second concerto in F : for piano and orchestra / Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. 1937. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 45206091

Composed for piano 1920; first orchestrated 1921; newly orchestrated 1940. First performance (of original version) by the Societa Orchestrate Fiorentina, Florence, 1921, Ildebrando Pizzetti conducting. First performance (of 1940 version) by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston, October 15, 1940, at Symphony Hall, Serge Koussevitsky conducting.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Cipressi / by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. 1920, 1940. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 45206053

Commissioned by the Louisville Orchestra. Composed 1953. First performance Louisville, Kentucky, 8 May 1954, Louisville Orchestra, Robert Whitney conductor. Dedicated to Robert Whitney and the Louisville Orchestra.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Overtures to Shakespeare's plays : No. 10. Much ado about nothing / Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. c1953. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 45206103

Prolific Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (b. Florence, April 3, 1895; d. Los Angeles, March 16,1968) wrote music in virtually every genre. He began composing as a child and studied composition under Ildebrando Pizzetti. Castelnuovo-Tedesco's 1932 meeting with guitarist Andrés Segovia would inspire him to write what would become dozens of compositions for that instrument. In 1939, the composer fled fascist Italy and ended up in Hollywood where he landed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a film composer. Over the next twenty years, he scored hundreds of films for several studios and influenced many up-and-coming film composers. He also continued to compose operas and concert works.

From the description of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco papers, 1822-1998 (bulk 1920-1968). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71130022

Biographical Note

  • 1895 April 3: Born, Florence, Italy
  • 1909 - 1914 : Studies at Instituto musicale Luigi Cherubini, Florence
  • 1915: Composes war song, Fuori i barbari
  • 1918: Receives "diploma di composizione" from Liceo musicale, Bologna
  • 1923: Marries Clara Forti
  • 1925: Son Pietro born
  • 1926: Premiere performance of first opera, La mandragola, in Venice
  • 1930: Son Lorenzo born
  • 1931: Composes violin concerto, I profeti, for Jascha Heifetz
  • 1932: Meets guitarist Andrés Segovia and begins composing for the guitar
  • 1933: I profeti premiered by Arturo Toscanini and Jascha Heifetz in New York
  • 1935: Composes incidental music for Savonarola
  • 1938: Castelnuovo-Tedesco's work banned from radio in Italy
  • 1939: Composes first guitar concerto for Andrés Segovia
  • 1939 July: Leaves Italy for the United States and takes up residence in Larchmont, NY
  • 1940: Mother Noemi dies
  • 1940: Travels to California and begins composing music for Hollywood film soundtracks
  • 1943: Composes Sacred Service for Sabbath Eve
  • 1944: Collaborates with Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Milhaud, and others on the Genesis suite
  • 1946: Becomes a citizen of the United States
  • 1953: Composes first work in a series of greeting cards on the names of dedicatees (op. 159 and 170)
  • 1956: Composes opera after Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
  • 1958: The Merchant of Venice wins the Davide Campari Prize – Concorso Internazionale La Scala
  • 1959: Named distinguished guest professor at Michigan State University and lectures on the history of opera
  • 1960: Composes the song cycle, Platero y yo, after the poetry of Jimenez
  • 1961: Premiere performance of The Merchant of Venice at La Scala
  • 1968 March 16: Dies, Beverly Hills, CA

From the guide to the Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Papers, 1822-1998, (bulk 1920-1968), (Music Division Library of Congress)

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  • Songs (Medium voice) with instrumental ensemble--Scores and parts
  • Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
  • Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices, 4 parts), Unaccompanied
  • /Waltzes
  • Organ music
  • Film composers--United States
  • Film composers
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  • Variations (Guitar)
  • Orchestral music--Scores and parts
  • Sacred songs (High voice) with organ
  • Violoncello music
  • Violoncello and piano music--Scores
  • Concertos (Piano)--Scores
  • Harp music
  • Orchestral music--Scores
  • Rondos (Violin and piano)--Scores
  • Ballades (Instrumental music)
  • Song cycles
  • Suites (Harpsichord)
  • Sacred songs (Medium voice) with organ
  • Piano music
  • Synagogue music
  • Motion picture music
  • Sonatas (clarinet and piano)--Scores and parts
  • Sonatas (Bassoon and piano)--Scores and parts
  • Songs with piano
  • Composers--Correspondence
  • Violin and piano music--Scores and parts
  • Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 8 parts), Unaccompanied
  • Sound Recordings
  • Trios (English horn, flute, guitar)--Scores
  • Monologues with music (Guitar)
  • Toccata
  • Concertos (Guitar)--Solo with piano
  • Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 7 parts), Unaccompanied
  • Guitar with chamber orchestra--Parts (solo)
  • Concertos (Violin)--Scores
  • Harp with chamber orchestra--Scores
  • Jews--Music
  • Concertos (Piano)--Scores and parts
  • Motets
  • Concertos (Harp with chamber orchestra)--Scores
  • Songs (medium voice) with piano
  • Guitar music
  • Music--Manuscripts
  • Synagogue music--Sabbath services
  • Songs (Medium voice) with instrumental ensemble--Scores
  • Carols, English
  • Overtures--Scores and parts
  • Composers--Italy--Correspondence
  • Violin and piano music--Scores
  • Concertos (Guitars (2))--Scores
  • Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with organ
  • Sonatas (Violoncello and piano)--Scores and parts
  • Passacaglias (Guitar)
  • Suites (Piano)
  • Concertos (Guitar)--Scores
  • Opera--Scores
  • Overtures--Scores
  • Songs (Medium voice) with guitar
  • Psalms (Music)--92nd Psalm
  • Oratorios
  • Fandangos
  • Suites (guitar)
  • Songs (High voice) with oboe and piano--Scores
  • Song of Solomon (Music)

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