Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Biography

Born: April 3, 1895; Florence, Italy   Died: March 16, 1968; Hollywood, CA  
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco was one of the most prolific Italian composers of the first half of the twentieth century. He had established a career as a composer in a number of genres, including chamber music, vocal and choral music, opera, keyboard music, and orchestral music, before fleeing Europe to escape Nazi persecution. His later years in the United Stated were devoted largely to writing film scores.

Born in Florence,
Read more Castelnuovo-Tedesco studied piano and composition at the Florence Conservatory, taking diplomas in both subjects (piano 1914, composition 1918). While primarily studying with Ildebrando Pizzetti, Castelnuovo-Tedesco also attracted the attention of Italian composer, pianist, and conductor Alfredo Casella, who would become one of the young composer's earliest champions.

After successfully supporting himself as a freelance composer, pianist, and essayist during the 1920s and 1930s, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, who was Jewish, left Europe in 1939 to avoid persecution under the Hitler and Mussolini regimes. Toscanini sponsored his relocation to the U.S. The composer settled in California, and while he continued to compose for a variety of media, he spent much of the next decade and a half scoring films for major studios. He was extraordinarily productive during that period, composing music that appeared in over 250 films, although his contributions were not consistently listed in the credits. His scores included And Then There Were None (1945), The Loves of Carmen (1948), and The Day of the Fox (1957). Beginning in 1946, he served on the faculty of the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music. Castelnuovo-Tedesco's style and techniques left a mark on a younger generation of film composers, including his students Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith, and John Williams. In his later years, the composer worked on an autobiography, which he left unfinished at his death in 1968.

Castelnuovo-Tedesco's music was influenced by a number of styles, including Impressionism, neo-Classicism, and briefly, serialism, but he was unwilling to align himself categorically with any compositional philosophy or trend. His later work, particularly after his involvement in the film industry, became increasingly neo-Romantic. Perhaps his most lasting contribution is to the literature for the guitar. He had met the virtuoso Andrés Segovia in 1932 and wrote his Guitar Concerto No. 1 for him. He went on to write a second guitar concerto, a concerto for two guitars, and almost 100 other guitar pieces. One of his most popular and frequently performed works remains Platero y yó (1960) for guitar and narrator. Read less
Castelnuovo-tedesco: Complete Music For Two Guitars
Release Date: 07/29/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 1114814   Number of Discs: 2
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Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Music / Claudio Curti Gialdino
Release Date: 04/28/2015   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94811   Number of Discs: 1
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Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco


MOST POPULAR WORKS
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Concerto No.1 in D, Op.99 - 1. Allegretto
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Concerto No.1 in D, Op.99 - 2. Andantino alla romanza - Largo
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Concerto No.1 in D, Op.99 - 3. Ritmico e cavalleresco
I. Andantino
II. Vivacissimo
I. Preludio: Agitato e tremante
II. Fuga: Moderato e mesto
I. Un poco mosso
II. Un poco burlesco
III. Un poco malinconico
IV. Serenamente - quasi campestre
V. Con brio alla Viennese - Coda
1. Allegro, vivo e schietto
2. Andante mesto
3. Scherzo: Allegro con spirito alla Marcia
4. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
Procesión
Paso
Saeta
I. Mosso (grazioso e leggero)
II. Tempo di Siciliane
III. Fandango en Rondeau
I. Allegretto grazioso
II. Tempo di siciliana
III. Scherzo: Rondo
WORKS
I. Alt Wien
II. Nachtmusik
III. Memento mori
No. 1. Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Pintor (Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Painter)
No. 2. Tal para qual (Two of a kind)
No. 3. Nadie se conoce (Nobody knows oneself)
No. 4. Ni asi la distingue (Even so he cannot make her out)
No. 5. Muchachos al avio (The boys getting ready)
No. 6. El amor y la muerte (Love and death)
No. 7. Estan calientes (They are hot)
No. 8. Dios la perdone: Y era su madre (God forgive her: and it was her mother)
No. 9. Bien tirada esta (It is nicely stretched)
No. 10. Al Conde Palatino (To the Count Palatine)
No. 11. Y se le quema la casa (And he's burning down the house)
No. 12. No hubo remedio (Nothing could be done about it)
1. Moderato (Quasi passacaglia)
2. Andante (Quasi recitativo)
3. Finale spagnolo (Ritmo di jota)
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Concerto No.1 in D, Op.99 - 1. Allegretto
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Concerto No.1 in D, Op.99 - 2. Andantino alla romanza - Largo
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Concerto No.1 in D, Op.99 - 3. Ritmico e cavalleresco
I Gallarda
II El Canario
III El Villano
IV 'Pesame dello amor'
V 'El rey Don Alonso el Bueno'
La guarda cuydadosa, Op. 177, No. 6
I. Andantino
II. Vivacissimo
I. Preludio: Agitato e tremante
II. Fuga: Moderato e mesto
I. Un poco mosso
II. Un poco burlesco
III. Un poco malinconico
IV. Serenamente - quasi campestre
V. Con brio alla Viennese - Coda
I. Tarantella scura
II. Notte'e Luna
III. Calasciunate
IV. Voce luntana (Fenesta che lucive)
V. Lariula
Platero
La Primavera (Spring)
La arulladora (Lullaby)
Golondrinas
Platero en el cielo de Moguer (Platero in Heaven)
Serenatella
Nenia
Danza
1. Allegro, vivo e schietto
2. Andante mesto
3. Scherzo: Allegro con spirito alla Marcia
4. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
I. Lento e sognante
II. Andante
III. Scherzo: Leggero e danzante
IV. Vivo e impetuoso
Procesión
Paso
Saeta
Ma Tova
L'kha Dodi
Tov L'hodot
Bar'khu
Sh'ma Yisra'el
Mi Khamokha
Hashkivenu
V'sham'ru
May the Words
Kiddush
Let Us Adore
Va'anahnu
On That Day
Benediction
Adon Olam
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andantino, quasi canzona
III. Tempo di menuetto
IV. Vivo ed energico
I. Mosso (grazioso e leggero)
II. Tempo di Siciliane
III. Fandango en Rondeau
I. Allegretto grazioso
II. Tempo di Siciliana: Andantino grazioso e malinconico
III. Scherzo-Rondo: Allegretto con spirito
I. Allegretto grazioso
II. Tempo di siciliana
III. Scherzo: Rondo
I. Allegro con baldanza
II. Litanie: Tema con variazioni
III. Allegretto, quasi minuetto
IV. Rondo all'ungarese
I. Schietto e deciso
II. Romanza con variazioni
II. Variation 1
II. Variation 2
II. Variation 3
II. Variation 4
II. Variation 5
III. Rondo: Vivo e ben ritmato


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