Month: October 2019

28 Oct

80th Anniversary of the Première of Opus 99

Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco / News /

Exactly eighty years ago, on 28 October 1939, the Concerto in D Major for Guitar and Orchestra, Opus 99  by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco had its world premiere in Montevideo, Uruguay. 

Written at the request of his friend Andres Segovia, the work was conceived in the shadow of  Italy’s anti-semitic campaign, a painful time which ultimately led the composer to seek exile in the United States.
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16 Oct

At the Lyceum Club in Florence

Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco / News /

Founded in 1908, the Lyceum Club Internazionale di Firenze was the first women’s club to be founded in Italy, dedicated to women’s emancipation, internationalism, and peace. In addition, cultural programs have been an objective of the Club since its birth more than 100 years ago.   As a young man, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco performed frequently at the Lyceum, and today the Lyceum continues to host concerts to raise awareness of Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s music among the Florentine public. 

In 2015 the composer’s family donated a collection of scores and books to the Lyceum which Castelnuovo-Tedesco had kept at his home in Florence. The collection includes more than 700 pieces of music, both manuscripts and printed music, which date from 1620 to 1964. More than 100 composers are represented, with texts in five languages and three Italian dialects! Most of the works date from the 19th and 20th centuries, and many also have dedications to the composer from teachers, friends, and colleagues.
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