Giovanni Bolzoni (composer)
Giovanni Bolzoni (May 15, 1841 – February 21, 1919) was an Italian composer and violinist, who is known for his Minuet for String Orchestra.
Life and career
Born in Parma, Bolzoni studied at the Parma Conservatory. He was violinist in an orchestra in Savona, then after six years became its concertmaster and conductor. This was followed by three years in Perugia as conductor and director of the Istituto Morlacchi. In 1887, he became director of the Istituto Musicale, concertmaster at the Teatro Regio di Parma and of the Concerti Popolari.
Bolzoni died in Turin.
Besides the popular Minuet, Bolzoni composed the operas Il matrimonio civile (premiered in Parma, 1870), La stella delle Alpi (Savona, 1876), and Jella (Piacenza, 1881). He also wrote Tema con variazioni for string orchestra, Al castello medioevale for small orchestra, a string quartet, quartets, quintets, and violin pieces.
Arturo Toscanini performed some of Bolzoni's music; two 1943 performances with the NBC Symphony Orchestra have been preserved on disc. In 1958, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra recorded Bolzoni's Minuet for RCA Victor as part of the Boston Tea Party album, which was later issued on CD. The work has also been recorded by Frederick Fennell and the London Pops Orchestra for Mercury Records and Neeme Järvi and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for Chandos Records.
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