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Busoni, Ferruccio Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto

Born: 1866 AD
Died: 1924 AD
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1866 – Born on April 1st in Empoli, Tuscany. Italian pianist and composer who attained fame as a pianist of brilliance and intellectual power.

1873 – He studied piano and violin as a youth, writing his first composition and debuting as a pianist.

1889 – He became professor of piano at Helsingfors.

1894 – He settled in Berlin.

1912 – Busoni attended a masked performance of an old commedia dell’arte play, L’inutile precauzione, in which Harlequin was one of the characters.

1913 – Busoni began the libretto for Arlecchino, oder Die Fenster(“Arlecchino, or The Windows”).

1914 – Busoni started writing music for Arlecchino and completed the one-act “theatralisches Capriccio,” first described as a “Marionetten Tragodie”.

1915 – Fled to Zurich for the duration of World War I.

1917 – The opera was first performed on May 11th, at the Stadttheater, Zurich. Arlecchino received favorable reviews, yet many found it to be a dark, disturbingly cynical work.

1918 – Busoni wrote a libretto he planned to be a second part to Arlecchino but never set it to music.

1924 – Died of kidney disease on July 27th in Berlin.

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