Eva Dell'Acqua

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Eva Dell'Acqua (28 January 1856 – 12 February 1930) was a Belgian singer and composer of Italian ancestry.


Eva Dell'Acqua was born in 1856 in Schaarbeek, Brussels, Belgium, the daughter of the Italian painter Cesare Dell'Acqua and his wife Carolina van der Elst. She composed in the Romantic style and produced orchestral works, pieces for chamber orchestra, and other works for piano and solo voice, opera and stage.[1]

Dell'Acqua's song "Villanelle" for coloratura soprano has been widely performed and recorded, and has appeared on film soundtracks including Get Hep to Love (1942) and I Married an Angel (1942).[2] Dell'Acqua died 12 February 1930 in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium.[3]


Selected works include:

  • "Villanelle" (1893)
  • "La bachelette" (1896)
  • "Le tambour battant" (1900)
  • "Je donnerais" (1908)
  • "Swallow's Waltz" (1909)
  • "Chanson Provençale" (1912)
  • "Le clavecin" (1917)
  • "Pierrot the Liar" (1918)


  1. ^ "Femmes Compositrices:Eva Dell'Acqua". Retrieved 13 September 2010.
  2. ^ IMDB listing
  3. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 4 October 2010.

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