The Sicilian composer and conductor Salvatore Messina enjoyed a contemporary reputation. As a conductor he appeared internationally, from Moscow to Buenos Aires, but his compositions have been largely neglected since his death.
Messina’s opera La beffa a Don Chisciotte (‘The Joke on Don Quixote’) was written between 1926 and 1930, but the orchestration was left unfinished at his death in 1930.
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