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(1868 - 1944)

Leone Sinigaglia is surely a unique figure in history, in that he was renowned not only as a composer, but as a mountaineer. He was born in Turin, and studied at the conservatoire there with composer and violinist Giovanni Bolzoni (1841–1919). His predilection for mountaineering led him to spend many holidays in Cavoretto, to the southeast of his native city, a place that not only gave him the opportunity to exercise his climbing skills, but inspired him creatively.1 He later travelled in Europe, spending time in Vienna from 1894 (where he knew Brahms) and in Prague from 1900 (where he met Dvořák). In 1901 he returned to Turin, where he began to make large numbers of arrangements of folk songs, whose great success was initiated by the publication by Breitkopf & Härtel of the six volumes of Vecchie Canzoni popolari del Piemonte, Op. 40, published between 1914 and 1927.

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