Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    12th January 1876
  • Died
    21st January 1948
  • Birthplace

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari was an Italian composer and teacher. He is best known for his comic operas such as Il segreto di Susanna (1909). A number of his works were based on plays by Carlo Goldoni, including Le donne curiose (1903), I quatro rusteghi (1906) and Il campiello(1936). Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari was born in Venice in 1876, the son of an Italian mother and a German father. Ferrari was his mother's maiden-name, which he added to his own surname in 1895. Although he studied piano from an early age, music was not the primary passion of his young life. As a teenager Wolf-Ferrari wanted to be a painter like his father; he studied intensively in Venice and Rome and traveled abroad to study in Munich. It was there that he decided to concentrate instead on music, taking lessons from Josef Rheinberger. He enrolled at the Munich conservatory and began taking counterpoint and composition classes. These initially casual music classes eventually completely eclipsed his art studies, and music took over Wolf-Ferrari’s life. He wrote his first works in the 1890s.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
La Sulamite, Op.4 Cantata Voice(s) and Orchestra
3 Impromptus, Op.13 Impromptu Piano
I gioielli della Madonna Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
I quatro rusteghi Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Il segreto di Susanna Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
L'amore medico Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Le donne curiose Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
3 Piano Pieces, Op.14 Piano piece Piano
Piano Quintet, Op.6 Quintet Chamber group
Violin Sonata No.1, Op.1 Sonata Solo Instrument and Piano
Violin Sonata No.2, Op.10 Sonata Solo Instrument and Piano
Kammersymphonie, Op.8 Symphony Orchestra
Piano Trio No.1, Op.5 Trio Chamber group
Piano Trio No.2, Op.7 Trio Chamber group