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Dallapiccola, Luigi (1904-1975)

The Italian composer Luigi Dallapiccola was born and spent his childhood in Istria, now part of Croatia, and a meeting-point of cultures.  He had his first experience of Wagner during his familys internment in Graz in 1917, later studying music in Trieste and then in Florence, where a performance of Schoenbergs Pierrot Lunaire persuaded him to work as a composer, rather than as a pianist, his earlier choice of career.  Concert tours had taken him to Vienna and to London, leading to a connection with the circle of Schoenberg.  In Germany and later in Italy he met politically inspired opposition, although his opera Volo di notte (Night Flight), based on Saint-Exuprys Vol de nuit, had performances in both countries.  After the war his Canti di prigionia (Songs of Imprisonment), with texts based on Mary Queen of Scots, Boethius and Savonarola, was heard at an ISCM festival in London,



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