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Gian Francesco Malpiero


Over his long lifetime, Gian Francesco Malpiero composed works for the piano, opera, ballet, orchestra, chamber ensembles, and choral groups. Among his compositions are such signature works as: Giulio Cesare and Antonio e Cleopatra (opera), Pantea (ballet), and Pause del Silenzio (orchestral). He was known for his transcriptions of the works of Monteverdi, which he began producing in 1902. Born in Venice, Malpiero studied music in Venice and in Bologna. Following a visit to Paris in 1913, his music began to reflect the influence of both Stravinsky and Debussy. Aside from composing, Malpiero taught music s well and served as head of the conservatory in Venice for over a decade. Due to his prodigious output as a composer, he ranks in the forefront of Italian composers of the 20 th century.
Gian Malpiero