Riccardo Zandonai

Riccardo Zandonai Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    28th May 1883
  • Died
    5th June 1944
  • Birthplace
    Borgo Sacco, Rovereto, Italy

Riccardo Zandonai was born in Borgo Sacco, Rovereto, then part of Austria–Hungary. As a young man, he showed such an aptitude for music that he entered the Pesaro Conservatorio in 1899 and completed his studies in 1902; he completed the nine-year curriculum in only three years. Among his teachers was Pietro Mascagni, who regarded him highly. In 1935 Zandonai became the director of the Rossini Conservatory in his beloved Pesaro. There he revived some works of Rossini, such as Il viaggio a Reims and the overture for Maometto secondo. In 1941 he re-orchestrated —and reduced to three acts— La gazza ladra. Three years later, he died in Trebbiantico, Pesaro, after undergoing gallstone surgery. His last words were for the priest who announced to him that the day before,Rome had been liberated. The dying composer said, in his native dialect: "Good! Viva l'Italia; the sound part".

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Conchita Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Francesca da Rimini, Op.4 Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Giulietta e Romeo Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Il grillo del focolare Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
La via della finestra Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Primavera in Val di Sole Symphonic Pieces Orchestra
Serenata medioevale Serenade / Divertimento / Cassation Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra
Soror dolorosa Piece Voice(s) and Piano