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Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945) was an Italian composer most noted for his operas. Mascagni’s first masterpiece Cavalleria Rusticana, written in 1890, unfortunately overshadows his later works.
Life and Music
- Mascagni’s father, a baker, wanted him to become a lawyer, but his uncle enabled him to study music.
- Mascgani’s wife can take credit for ensuring the success of Cavalleria Rusticana early on – she entered it into a competition for a one-act opera held by the publisher Sonzogno in 1888. It won and, following a production in Rome, it was soon performed all over the world.
- Mascagni enjoyed considerable success during his lifetime, but unfortunately today he is known almost solely for Cavalleria Rusticana.
- In fact he wrote 15 operas, an operetta, orchestral, vocal and piano music.
- Mascagni conducted orchestral music and opera, and conducted at La Scala for a while in the 1930s.
Did you know?
Cavalleria Rusticana is short, and so today it is usually performed with Leoncavallo’s opera Pagliacci.
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