Busoni, Ferruccio Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto
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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