ERNEST FANELLI (1860 - 1917)
Ernest Fanelli was expelled from the Paris Conservatoire. He later returned to study with Delibes, until shortage of money finally compelled him to leave and support himself as a percussionist or pianist. His works remained unknown until discovered by Pierné in 1912, several years after he had abandoned composition.
Fanelli’s work, prophetic of Debussy and admired by, among others, Ezra Pound, fell into oblivion once more after its discovery by Pierné. His surviving Tableaux symphoniques (‘Symphonic Pictures’) is based on Théophile Gautier’s novel Le Roman de la momie (‘Romance of the Mummy’).