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(1880 - 1968)

Among the most respected Italian composers of his generation, Pizzetti has in recent years suffered some neglect, due, in part, to his natural conservatism in an age of experiment. He was, however, versatile and prolific; ambitious in opera, he also contributed interesting additions to choral and vocal repertoire, as well as chamber music.


Pizzetti wrote over 20 operas, collaborating in earlier years with D’Annunzio, with whom he wrote the opera Fedra (‘Phaedra’). His Assassinio nella cattedrale (‘Murder in the Cathedral’) treats a translation of T.S. Eliot’s play, while his last opera, Clitennestra (‘Clytemnestra’), with a libretto by the composer, was staged at La Scala, Milan, in 1965. His Sinfonia del fuoco (‘Symphony of Fire’) was written for the silent film Cabiria to a scenario by D’Annunzio.

Choral and Vocal Music

Pizzetti’s choral music, much of which again draws its literary source from ancient Greece and Rome, includes a Requiem and the cantata Vanitas vanitatum (‘Vanity of Vanities’), with a text from Ecclesiastes.

Chamber Music

In addition to various works for piano, Pizzetti left two string quartets as well as interesting duo sonatas for violin and piano, and cello and piano.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BACH, J.S. / ENESCU / PIZZETTI: Violin Sonatas (Menuhin) (1929, 1936, 1938) Naxos Historical
Chamber Music
Choral Concert: Vasari Singers - PIZZETTI, I. / MALIPIERO, G.F. / ALLEGRI, G. / MACMILLAN, J. / PUCCINI, G. (De Profundis, Miserere, Requiem) Naxos
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - VERDI, G. / SCELSI, G. / NONO, L. / PIZZETTI, I. / PETRASSI, G. (Italia) (SWR Vocal Ensemble, M. Creed) SWR Classic
Choral - Sacred
MARTIN: Mass / PIZZETTI: Requiem Proprius
Choral - Sacred
PIZZETTI, I.: Canti della Stagione Alta / Fedra: Preludio / Cabiria: Sinfonia del fuoco (Robert Schumann Philharmonie, Caetani) Naxos
Concerto, Orchestral, Concerto, Orchestral
PIZZETTI, I.: Concerto dell'estate / La festa delle Panatenee (Thessaloniki State Symphony, Michailidis) Naxos
PIZZETTI, I.: Piano Trio / Violin Sonata / 3 Canti (Rasonyi, Fenyo, Ertungealp) Naxos
Chamber Music
PIZZETTI, I.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 (Lajtha Quartet) Naxos
Chamber Music
PIZZETTI, I.: Symphony in A Major / Harp Concerto (Bassani, RAI Symphony Orchestra, Turin, Iorio) Naxos
Concerto, Orchestral, Concerto, Orchestral
PIZZETTI: Canti Della Stagione Alta / Sinfonia del fuoco Marco Polo
Concerto, Orchestral, Concerto
PIZZETTI: Piano Trio / Violin Sonata / Tre Canti Marco Polo
Chamber Music
PIZZETTI: Piano Works (Complete) Dynamic
PIZZETTI: String Quartets in A Major and D Major Marco Polo
Chamber Music
RESPIGHI / PIZZETTI: Violin Sonatas Artek
Chamber Music
TOSCANINI, A.: Spes ultima dea / BOTTESINI, G.: La nostra canzone / DACCI, G.: Eco dolorosa (Cianchi, Murakami, Mustafic, Cortesi) Tactus

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