Luigi Zaninelli

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Luigi Zaninelli
BornLuigi Zaninelli
(1932-03-30) March 30, 1932 (age 86)
Raritan, New Jersey, U.S.[1]
ResidenceHattiesburg, MS
NationalityItalian-American
Other namesLou Hayward
EducationD.I.P
Alma materCurtis Institute of Music
OccupationComposer
Years active1973-present
EmployerThe University of Southern Mississippi
Notable workCompositions
AwardsSteinway Prize
Websiteluigizaninelli.com

Luigi Zaninelli (born 30 March 1932 in New Jersey) is an Italian-American composer of vocal and instrumental music.

Biography[edit]

Zaninelli was born in Raritan, New Jersey,[2] and began his musical career as a jazz pianist at the age of 12, but also learned to appreciate European "Classical" music.[3] He became a student and an instructor at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Curtis sent him to Italy to study under the legendary Rosario Scalero.[4] In 1973 he was appointed to the music faculty as the composer-in-residence at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, a position he held until his retirement in 2009.[5][6][7]

He has won several awards for his music. In addition to the Steinway Prize, he is a five-time Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters winner.

Music[edit]

Zaninelli has published over 300 works. He uses the name "Lou Hayward" for his jazz compositions and arrangements and his given name for his "serious" compositions.[8] His concert arrangements of Gospel Hymns and Folksongs for solo voice are a favorite of U.S. voice teachers to use with college students.

Reviews[edit]

"Luigi Zaninelli is one of America's musical masters. His music is filled with taste, and unique sounds. It is composed with the highest possible craft and imagination." [9] - David Dubal, WWFM, The Classical Music Station, N.Y, NY.

"Luigi is a composer of true melodic gift. This is why I accepted him as a student at the CURTIS SCHOOL OF MUSIC. His music apes no one and is always true to its self."[10] - Gian Carlo Menotti.

"Zaninelli's music has earned him International praise. It is superbly written, containing gems of musical lyricism and originality."[11] - Jerry Deagle, The Calgary Herald

"Zaninelli's music is introspective, ethereal and very personal. It is a music of great originality and imagination."[12] - Leonard Leacock, The Albertan

"His music is hauntingly beautiful and powerful, creating sounds of mystical magic that touch the listener deeply."[13] - Bonny Bomboy, The Hattiesburg American

Compositions[edit]

Operas

  • Snow White - 1996
  • Mr. Sebastian - 1997
  • Good Friday - 1998

Vocal and choral works

  • Ave Maria (SATB - a capella) (C. Alan Publications)
  • The Battle for Vicksburg (theater piece for soprano, piano, and narrator), 1982 (E. C. Kerby)
  • Beginnings (solo voice and piano or chamber orchestra, texts by Eudora Welty), 1992 (Harold Flammer/Shawnee Press)
  • Five American Gospel Songs (medium voice and piano), 1986 (Harold Flammer/Shawnee Press)
  • Five American Revival Songs (solo voice and piano), 1991 (Harold Flammer/Shawnee Press)
  • Five Folk Songs (high voice and piano), 1979 (Harold Flammer/Shawnee Press)
  • Five Folk Songs (medium voice and piano), 1984 (Harold Flammer/Shawnee Press)
  • Five Folk Songs, Volume II (medium voice and piano), 1989 (Harold Flammer/Shawnee Press)
  • Five Sacred Songs (solo voice with piano) (C. Alan Publications)
  • Good Friday (opera), 1998
  • My Father's World (SATB choir with piano) (C. Alan Publications)
  • O Child Divine (SATB with organ/piano) (C. Alan Publications)
  • Pie Jesu (SATB with organ) (C. Alan Publications)
  • Remember, O Mortal Man (SATB with organ) (C. Alan Publications)
  • Seven Sanctuary Songs (solo voice and piano), 1987 (Harold Flammer/Shawnee Press)
  • Song of Mary (SATB with organ) (C. Alan Publications)
  • Trinity Mass (SATB with organ) (C. Alan Publications)

Chamber music

  • Autumn Music (trumpet and piano)
  • Dance Variations (wind quintet) (Shawnee Press)
  • Elegy (alto saxophone and piano) (C. Alan Publications)
  • A Lexicon of Beasties (piano and narrator) (G. Schirmer)
  • Rome Suite (flute, clarinet, bassoon)
  • The Steadfast Tin Soldier (instruments and narrator, revised 1990 for narrator and orchestra) (G. Schirmer)
  • Suite Concertante for Alto Saxophone (alto saxophone and piano) (C. Alan Publications)
  • Suite Concertante for Flute (flute and piano) (C. Alan Publications)
  • Sonatina (bassoon and piano)
  • Speak Gently (keyboard percussion quartet)

Orchestra

  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (tuba, narrator, and orchestra) (G. Schirmer)
  • The Magic Carousel

Wind Ensemble

  • Adagio on a Sussex Carol (C. Alan Publications)
  • Burla and Variations for Woodwind Quartet
  • The Cymbalist (C. Alan Publications)
  • Danza Furiosa (C. Alan Publications)
  • The Dwarf of Venice (C. Alan Publications)
  • Italian Carol (C. Alan Publications)
  • Lagan Love (C. Alan Publications)
  • Little Scherzo (C. Alan Publications)
  • My Father's World (with otional treble choir) (C. Alan Publications)
  • Prayer and Canto (C. Alan Publications)
  • Remembrance (C. Alan Publications)
  • Roma Sacra (C. Alan Publications)
  • Sunset (C. Alan Publications)
  • Symphony for Winds and Percussion (C. Alan Publications)
  • Three Dances of Enchantment (C. Alan Publications)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.lib.usm.edu/legacy/archives/m346.htm
  2. ^ http://www.lib.usm.edu/legacy/archives/m346.htm
  3. ^ C. Alan Publications web site: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  4. ^ http://mswritersandmusicians.com/musicians/luigi-zaninelli.html
  5. ^ Jacobson, Marion (4 April 1990). "Trying to Arouse `Imagination' at Kennedy Center". Washington Post. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
  6. ^ Smith, Tim (24 January 1989). "TRIO'S PERFORMANCE POLISHED, SENSITIVE TO NUANCES". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Luigi Zaninelli". Mississippi musicians and writers. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
  8. ^ C. Alan Publications web site: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  9. ^ Dubal, David (6 April 2015). WWFM, The Classical Music Station, N.Y, NY.
  10. ^ Menotti, Gian Carlo (2 April 1990) Jackson Clarion Ledger by Leslie Myers.
  11. ^ Deagle, Jerry (10 February 1969) The Calgary Herald.
  12. ^ Leacock, Leonard (16 April 1973) The Albertan.
  13. ^ Bomboy, Bonny (17 September 1977) The Hattiesburg American.