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Gian Francesco Malipiero


Over his long lifetime, Malpiero composed works for the piano, opera, ballet, orchestra, chamber ensembles, and choral groups.  Among his compositions are Giulio Cesare and Antonio e Cleopatra (opera), Pantea (ballet), and Pause del Silenzio (orchestral).  He is well-known, too, for his transcriptions of the works of Monteverdi, which he began producing in 1902.
Born in Venice, Malpiero studied music both 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 20th century.
Gian Francesco Malipiero


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