BRUNO BETTINELLI (1913 - 2004)
Bruno Bettinelli, born in Milan, was one of the foremost progressive twentieth century Italian composers and teachers profoundly influenced by the music of Stravinsky, Hindemith, and Bartók, as well as by the previous generation of eminent fellow countrymen such as Malipiero (1882–1973), Casella (1883–1947), and Petrassi (1904–2003). Bettinelli graduated from the Milan Conservatory in 1931, began teaching there from 1938 and was subsequently appointed professor of composition from 1957 to 1979. His pupils across a wide range of musical achievements included the conductors Abbado, Chailly, Muti, and Serembe, pianists, Bucci, Canino, and Pollini, composers Chailly, Corghi, Brusa and the songwriter Nannini. His prolific output covers operas, orchestral works, a number of vocal pieces, and chamber and instrumental music.