Composer of the Week: Mascagni
Marking the 150th anniversary of Pietro Mascagni’s birth
Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945) came to prominence in Italy around the time that Verdi was entering old age and he soon became one of the most famous musical figures in the country.
The composer made a name for himself in his early twenties when he wrote Cavalleria Rusticana, a work that is said to have changed the course of Italian opera.
The first programme of the week focuses on Mascagni’s early life where his father disapproved of his choice of career, but he soon found favour with the mayor of his native town Livorno.
Throughout the week, Donald Macleod will go on to examine the impact of Cavalleria Rusticana’s premiere and explore Mascagni’s relationship with the city of Rome and the conundrum he faced working amid the politics of his day.
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