4th June 1913
8th November 2004
Bruno Bettinelli was an Italian composer and teacher. An author of symphonic, choral, opera, and chamber music, his younger works incorporated a contrapuntal neoclassicism, influenced heavily by Igor Stravinsky, Paul Hindemith, and Béla Bartók, not to mention the Italian composers Alfredo Casella, Goffredo Petrassi and Gian Francesco Malipiero. His later music evolved constantly, incorporating new elements, such as atonality and 12-tone music, to blend it into a free chromatic language, always expressing formal structures. Of particular note are his choral works, as he collected and set many traditional Italian folk songs that had heretofore only survived through oral tradition.