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Giovanni Bolzoni

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Biography

Giovanni Bolzoni (May 15, 1841 – February 21, 1919) was an Italian composer and violinist, who is known for his Minuet for String Orchestra.
Born in Parma, Bolzoni studied at the Parma Conservatory. He was violinist in an orchestra in Savona, then after six years became its concertmaster and conductor. This was followed by three years in Perugia as conductor and director of the Istituto Morlacchi. In 1887, he became director of the Istituto Musicale, concertmaster at the Teatro Regio di Parma and of the Concerti Popolari.

Bolzoni was the long-time director of the conservatory of music in Turin. Among his notable pupils were composers Carlo Adolfo Cantù and Edgard Varèse.
In 1884, he conducted the premiere of the revised version of Puccini’s opera Le Villi.
Bolzoni died in Turin.

Compositions

Besides the popular Minuet, Bolzoni composed the operas Il matrimonio civile (premiered in Parma, 1870), La stella delle Alpi (Savona, 1876), and Jella (Piacenza, 1881). He also wrote Tema con variazioni for string orchestra, Al castello medioevale for small orchestra, a string quartet, quartets, quintets, and violin pieces.

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