Alberto Mazzucato

January 4, 2008

Alberto Mazzucato was born at Udine, Italy, on July 28th 1813, and died in Milan, Italy on December 31st 1877. He renounced the study of mathematics for music, his teacher being Bresciano at Padua, Italy. His first opera, La Fidanzata di Lammei moor, was successfully performed in 1834 at Padua; six others had similar temporary success, but were thrown into the shade by Verdi’s fresher style. His other compositions have also left no lasting impression; but he was really eminent as a violinist (he was leader at La Scala, Milan, 1859-69), and still more so as a teacher. From 1839-51 he taught a girls vocal class at the Conservatory in Milan; in 1851 he was teacher of composition, and in 1852 lecturer on history and aesthetics. In 1872 Mazzucato succeeded Lauro Rossi as Director of the Conservatory. For several years he was editor of the Milanese “Gazzetta Musicale” (founded 1845). He wrote “Principi elementari di musica di Asioli, riformati ed ampliati” (Milan; Ricordi) and also published an Atlas of Ancient Music (“Atlante della musica antica“) with an historical preface and a “Trattato d’estetica musicale“, as well as Italian translations of Garcia’s Singing-Method, Berlioz’s Instrumentation, Fetis’s Harmony, Segond’s “Hygiene for Singers,” and Panofka’s “Vocal ABC.”

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