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Franco Donatoni (9 June 1927 – 17 August 2000) was an Italian composer.
Born in Verona, Donatoni started studying violin at the age of seven, and frequented the local music academy. Later, he studied at the Milan Conservatory and, from 1948, at the Bologna Conservatory (Osmond-Smith 2001).
At least three generations of composers studied with Donatoni. Among his Italian pupils were Sandro Gorli, Roberto Carnevale, Giulio Castagnoli, Ivan Fedele, Luca Mosca, Riccardo Piacentini, Fausto Romitelli, Pietro Borradori, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Alessandro Solbiati, and Piero Niro; his foreign pupils include Michael Dellaira, Pascal Dusapin, Sylvie Bodorová, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Magnus Lindberg, Katia Tiutiunnik, Javier Torres Maldonado, and Juan Trigos. See: List of music students by teacher: C to F#Franco Donatoni.
Donatoni died in Milan in 2000.
- Osmond-Smith, David. 2001. "Donatoni, Franco". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan Publishers.
- Barkl, Michael. 2018. Etwas ruhiger im Ausdruck: Franco Donatoni's Crisis. Beau Bassin: Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN 978-613-9-90170-8.
- Luppi, Guillermo. 2016. "Shedding Some Light on Donatoni's Lumen". Perspectives of New Music 54, no. 1 (Winter): 179–95.
- Biography by David Wright
- Obituary in the Musical Times
- A reminiscence of Donatoni by Jeffrey Levine
- Excerpts from sound archives of Donatoni's works.
- "Franco Donatoni biography" (in French). IRCAM.
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