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Sonatina Seconda
7 difficult

About the Composer


Ferruccio Busoni

Important composer, pianist, conductor, and music essayist who advocated for classicality and classicism in a mode of thought aligned with progress. In addition, he adapted and transcribed quite a few works, especially those of Johann Sebastian Bach.

1866Born in Empoli on April 1, the son of a clarinetist and a pianist. His parents foster his musical education. Prodigy: early career as a pianist.
1887String Quartet in D minor, Op. 26.
from 1888Piano instructor in Helsinki, Moscow, and Boston.
1890Participates in the piano and composition categories of the Rubinstein Competition in St. Petersburg with his Sonata No. 1 in E minor, for violin and piano, Op. 29; the Two Pieces for Piano, Op. 30a; and Konzertstück for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 31a. This last piece wins the first prize in composition.
1894Moves to Berlin.
1897/1904Comedy Overture, Op. 38.
1903–04Concerto, Op. 39, for piano, orchestra, and male choir in five movements with a concluding choral movement.
1907Essay: “Sketch of a New Esthetic of Music.”
1909“Berceuse élégiaque,” Op. 42.
1909–10Second tour of America.
1910“Fantasia contrappuntistica” for piano as an attempt to find a conclusion for Bach’s “Art of Fugue.”
1912Performance in Hamburg of his opera “Die Brautwahl” (“The Bridal Choice”).
1913Director of the Liceo Musicale in Bologna.
1915Rondò arlecchinesco, Op. 46.
1915–20Living in Zurich, due to the war.
1917Performances in Zurich of his operas “Turandot” and “Arlecchino”; they draw upon the Commedia dell’arte.
1920Director of a master class at the Prussian Arts Academy in Berlin. Tanzwalzer, Op. 53.1922 Essay “On the Unity of Music.”
1924Dies in Berlin on July 27.
1925Posthumous performance in Dresden of his opera “Doktor Faust.”

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