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(1883 - 1947)

Among the leading figures in Italian music between 1918 and 1939, Alfredo Casella was trained in Paris at the Conservatoire as a pupil of Fauré. Returning to Italy, he did much to introduce contemporary music, as understood in Paris, to the Italian public. He was active not only as a composer but also as a pianist and conductor. His developing style of composition reflects international contemporary influences and trends.

Stage Works

Casella’s works for the theatre include the ballet La giara (‘The Jar’), based on Pirandello, and the operas La donna serpente (‘The Serpent Woman’), based on Gozzi, La favola d’Orfeo, based on Poliziano, and the ballet La rosa del sogno (‘The Dream Rose’).

Orchestral Music

Casella wrote symphonies, concertos and other works reflecting his changing style, from the avant-garde to neoclassicism and generally diatonic writing, spiced with dissonance. His Paganiniana proclaims its origin in its title; also of note are a Suite from La giara and a Serenata derived from an earlier chamber work.

Piano Music

Casella’s piano music ranges from collaboration with his friend Ravel in Paris in the series of musical tributes A la manière de…to Sei studi (‘Six Studies’) completed in 1944.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
CASELLA, A.: Concerto for Orchestra / Pagine di guerra / Suite (Rome Symphony, La Vecchia) Naxos
Concertos, Orchestral
CASELLA, A.: Concerto, Op. 40 / 5 Pieces, Op. 34 / TURCHI, G.: Concerto breve (Quartetto d'Archi di Venezia) Naxos
Chamber Music
CASELLA, A.: Donna serpente Suites (La) / Introduzione, aria e toccata / Partita (Sun Hee You, Rome Symphony, La Vecchia) Naxos
CASELLA, A.: Notte di maggio / Cello Concerto / Scarlattiana (Andreini, Noferini, Sun-Hee You, Rome Symphony, La Vecchia) Naxos
Concertos, Vocal, Orchestral
CASELLA, A.: Paganiniana / Serenata / La Giara Suite (Radio Svizzera Italiana Orchestra, C. Benda) Naxos
CASELLA, A.: Piano Music (Ballerini) - 9 Pieces, Op. 24 / 6 Studies, Op. 70 / 11 Children's Pieces, Op. 35 Naxos
CASELLA, A.: Symphony No. 1 / Concerto for Piano, Timpani, Percussion and Strings (Scuccuglia, Ceravolo, Rome Symphony, La Vecchia) Naxos
Concertos, Orchestral
CASELLA, A.: Symphony No. 2 / A notte alta (Sun Hee You, Rome Symphony, La Vecchia) Naxos
Orchestral, Concertos
CASELLA, A.: Symphony No. 3 / Elegia eroica (Rome Symphony, La Vecchia) Naxos
CASELLA, A.: Triple Concerto / GHEDINI, G.F.: Concerto dell'albatro (Ghidoni, Bosna, Piemonti, I Pomeriggi Musicali, Iorio) Naxos
CASELLA, A.: Triple Concerto, Op. 56 / Violin Concerto, Op. 48 Capriccio
CASELLA: Cello and Piano Works (Complete) Dynamic
Chamber Music
CASELLA: Sonatina / 9 Pezzi / SZYMANOWSKI: Masques Cedille
CASELLA: Triple Concerto / Concerto for Piano, Timpani, Percussion and Strings / Cello Concerto Dynamic
Harp Recital: Ericsson, Sarah Schuster - HOUDY, P. / CASELLA, A. / FLAGELLO, N. / HINDEMITH, P. (20th Century Harp Sonatas) (Ericsson) Dorian Sono Luminus
MAGIC BOXES - Meccanismi incantati (Müller) Dynamic
RESPIGHI: Suite della tabacchiera / Fontane di Roma / 6 Pezzi per bambini / BUSONI: Finnlandische Volksweisen / CASELLA: Pagine di guerra Dynamic

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