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