Giuseppe Martucci a Bologna, in Atti del Convegno "Giuseppe Martucci e la caduta delle Alpi" nel 150° anniversario della nascita, a cura di Antonio Caroccia, Paologiovanni Maione e Francesca Seller, Lucca, LIM 2009, pp. 149-205.

Giuseppe Martucci e la caduta delle AlpiGiuseppe Martucci became immediately famous for his exceptional talent as a pianist, composer and music conductor when he was very young, and in 1886, when he was only thirty, he was appointed director of the Liceo Musicale of Bologna (which today is G.B.Martini Conservatoire), where he remained for about sixteen years. The Liceo Musicale developed a lot under Martucci’s direction, and became renowned as one of the best music school all over Europe.
Martucci’s activity was also relevant in the field of orchestra conduction in Bologna, where he conducted 91 concerts, including the Italian première of Wagner’s Tristano e Isotta on the occasion of the Bologna Universal Exhibition and of the University’s eighth centenary.
Besides. Martucci also composed some of his most important works in Bologna.
A lot has already been written about Martucci in Bologna and it is not possible to deal with all those years’ events in details. Therefore I am going to focus only on some of the aspects of Martucci’s life in Bologna which could be the starting point for further research, by means of flashes on his appointment and activity as director of the Liceo musicale, on his activity as an orchestra conductor and particularly on the events in 1888: his meeting with Johannes Brahms, his conduction of Wagner’s Tristano e Isotta, and finally the concert in 1901 to Giuseppe Verdi’s memory, which was practically the only occasion when Martucci conducted music by the great Italian composer. At the end of this essay there is the complete list of concerts conducted by Martucci and an Appendix with extracts of some rare documents.

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