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Bruno Maderna (1920 - 1973)


Bruno Maderna was brought up in a small village outside Venice. He soon revealed remarkable musical gifts and as a child played the violin in the family-run bar and dance-hall, and subsequently in Venetian hotels and restaurants. He later recalled, ‘My grandfather thought that if you could play the violin you could then do anything, even become the biggest gangster. If you play the violin you are always sure of a place in heaven.’ He made his debut as a child-prodigy conductor in 1932 with the orchestra of La Scala, Milan, and spent the next three years conducting throughout Italy. From 1933 he was used by the fascist regime then ruling Italy to promote itself, until he was rescued from this existence firstly by a fashionable dressmaker from Verona, who ensured that he received a rounded education, and then by the Vatican, in the shape of the future Pope Paul IV. Maderna graduated in composition from the Rome Conservatory in 1940, having studied with Alessandro Bustini (the teacher of Petrassi, Turchi, and Giulini). He attended Guarnieri’s conducting classes at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena in 1941, and during 1941 and 1942 was a member of Malipiero’s advanced composition course in Venice. For the following two years (1942 and 1943) he served in the Italian army before joining the partisans in 1945.

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