Goffredo Petrassi

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Italian composer, conductor, and teacher (16 July 1904 – 3 March 2003).
Petrassi was born at Zagarolo, near Rome. At the age of 15 he began to work at a music shop to supply his family's financial needs, and became fascinated by music. In 1928, he entered the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome to study organ and composition. In 1934, composer Alfredo Casella conducted Petrassi's Partita for orchestra at the ISCM festival in Amsterdam.
Later, Petrassi became musical director of the opera house La Fenice, and from 1959 taught composition at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory and at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Petrassi had many famous students, including Franco Donatoni, Aldo Clementi, Cornelius Cardew, Ennio Morricone, Karl Korte, Ernesto Rubin de Cervin, Kenneth Leighton and Richard Teitelbaum. Petrassi died in Rome at the age of 98.
Petrassi's early work was part of an attempt by several Italian composers to create a national "Italian" revival in classical music, corresponding to the romantic work of Germans such as Richard Wagner. During this time, his work was characteristically neoclassical in style, influenced by Bartók, Hindemith and Stravinsky.
In later years, Petrassi's open musical mind and acute personality led him to experiment with different post-Webernian influences and a wide range of poetic materials, from Latin hymns to Ariosto's La follia d'Orlando and Cervantes' Ritratto di Don Chisciotte. All these influences are present in a remarkable series of eight Concerti for Orchestra which he composed between the late 1930s and the late 1970s.
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VRS 447 Goffredo Petrassi - Petrassi: Portrait Of Don Quixote / Respighi: Ancient Airs And Dances For The Lute album art Goffredo Petrassi : Ottorino Respighi, Orchester Der Wiener Staatsoper, Franz Litschauer Goffredo Petrassi : Ottorino Respighi, Orchester Der Wiener Staatsoper, Franz Litschauer - Petrassi: Portrait Of Don Quixote / Respighi: Ancient Airs And Dances For The Lute(LP, Mono) Vanguard Recording Society, Inc. VRS 447 US 1953 Sell This Version
LXT 5271, LXT. 5271 Goffredo Petrassi - Quattro Pezzi (Orchestrated By Ghedini) / Concerto No.1 For Orchestra album art Frescobaldi*, Petrassi*, Fernando Previtali Conducting The Orchestra Of The Accademia Di Santa Cecilia, Rome* Frescobaldi*, Petrassi*, Fernando Previtali Conducting The Orchestra Of The Accademia Di Santa Cecilia, Rome* - Quattro Pezzi (Orchestrated By Ghedini) / Concerto No.1 For Orchestra (Album) Decca, Decca LXT 5271, LXT. 5271 UK 1956 Sell This Version
33CX 1414 Goffredo Petrassi - Symphony No. 6 / Portrait Of Don Quixote album art Malipiero* / Petrassi* Malipiero* / Petrassi* - Symphony No. 6 / Portrait Of Don Quixote(LP, Mono) Columbia 33CX 1414 UK 1956 Sell This Version
XWN 18539 Goffredo Petrassi - Coro di Morti - Symphonie album art Dutilleux* / Petrassi* Dutilleux* / Petrassi* - Coro di Morti - Symphonie (Album) Vega XWN 18539 US 1957 Sell This Version
1361 / 1362 Goffredo Petrassi - Credo Di Perugia / Piccola Musica Notturna / Pause del Silenzio / Salmo IX album art Giorgio Federico Ghedini / Luigi Dallapiccola / Gian Francesco Malipiero / Goffredo Petrassi Giorgio Federico Ghedini / Luigi Dallapiccola / Gian Francesco Malipiero / Goffredo Petrassi - Credo Di Perugia / Piccola Musica Notturna / Pause del Silenzio / Salmo IX(2xLP, Promo) RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana 1361 / 1362 Italy 1966 Sell This Version
MM-1073 Goffredo Petrassi - Partita / Coro Di Morti album art Goffredo Petrassi Partita / Coro Di Morti(10") Fratelli Fabbri Editori MM-1073 Italy 1967 Sell This Version
MM-1074 Goffredo Petrassi - Récréation Concertante (Concerto N. 3) - Mottetti Per La Passione album art Goffredo Petrassi Récréation Concertante (Concerto N. 3) - Mottetti Per La Passione(10") Fratelli Fabbri Editori MM-1074 Italy 1967 Sell This Version
HE 60-77, HES 60-77, HE (S) 60-77 Goffredo Petrassi - Musique Chorale D'Aujourd'hui album art Poulenc*, Milhaud*, Absil*, Auric*, Petrassi*, Martinon* - Coral Universitaria De Grenoble* , Director : Jean Giroud Poulenc*, Milhaud*, Absil*, Auric*, Petrassi*, Martinon* - Coral Universitaria De Grenoble* , Director : Jean Giroud - Musique Chorale D'Aujourd'hui (Album) Erato, Erato, Hispavox HE 60-77, HES 60-77, HE (S) 60-77 Spain 1968 Sell This Version
n.5124-5125-5126-5127 Goffredo Petrassi - RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana - Musiche di Berio Bussotti Dallapiccola Malipiero Petrassi album art Berio* - Bussotti* - Dallapiccola* - Malipiero* - Petrassi* Berio* - Bussotti* - Dallapiccola* - Malipiero* - Petrassi* - RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana - Musiche di Berio Bussotti Dallapiccola Malipiero Petrassi(2xLP, Promo) RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana n.5124-5125-5126-5127 Italy 1969 Sell This Version
S 61133 Goffredo Petrassi - 20th Century Music For Flute album art Severino Gazzelloni / Margaret Kitchin Works By Henze*, Petrassi*, Fukushima* & Martinu* Severino Gazzelloni / Margaret Kitchin Works By Henze*, Petrassi*, Fukushima* & Martinu* - 20th Century Music For Flute (Album) CBS S 61133 UK 1970 Sell This Version
ITL 70033 Goffredo Petrassi - Trio Per Archi / Quartetto Per Archi album art Goffredo Petrassi - Trio Italiano D'Archi / Quartetto Parrenin* Goffredo Petrassi - Trio Italiano D'Archi / Quartetto Parrenin* - Trio Per Archi / Quartetto Per Archi (Album) CBS ITL 70033 Italy 1965 Sell This Version
MHS 1428 Goffredo Petrassi - Cuatro Siglos De Musica Italiana Para Guitarra album art Francesco Canova da Milano, Ludovico Roncalli, Mauro Giuliani (2), Niccolò Paganini, Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco, Goffredo Petrassi, Ernesto Bitetti Francesco Canova da Milano, Ludovico Roncalli, Mauro Giuliani (2), Niccolò Paganini, Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco, Goffredo Petrassi, Ernesto Bitetti - Cuatro Siglos De Musica Italiana Para Guitarra (Album) Hispavox MHS 1428 US 1972 Sell This Version
S 61371 Goffredo Petrassi - Recreation Concertante / Quarto Concerto album art Goffredo Petrassi / Zoltán Peskó Goffredo Petrassi / Zoltán Peskó - Recreation Concertante / Quarto Concerto (Album) CBS S 61371 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
S 61662 Goffredo Petrassi - Estri / Tre per Sette / Serenata / Beatitudines album art Goffredo Petrassi - Gastone Sarti, Solisti Di Teatromusica Goffredo Petrassi - Gastone Sarti, Solisti Di Teatromusica - Estri / Tre per Sette / Serenata / Beatitudines (Album) CBS S 61662 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
ITL 70014 Goffredo Petrassi - Elogio Per Un'Ombra • Souffle • Ala • Introduzione E Allegro album art Goffredo Petrassi - Georg Mönch, Angelo Persichilli, Mariolina De Robertis, Luis Bacalov Goffredo Petrassi - Georg Mönch, Angelo Persichilli, Mariolina De Robertis, Luis Bacalov - Elogio Per Un'Ombra • Souffle • Ala • Introduzione E Allegro(LP, Album) Italia (2) ITL 70014 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
ITL 70017 Goffredo Petrassi - L'Opera Per Pianoforte (Invenzioni / Oh, Les Beaux Jours! / Siciliana E Marcia / Toccata) album art Goffredo Petrassi - Lya De Barberiis* Goffredo Petrassi - Lya De Barberiis* - L'Opera Per Pianoforte (Invenzioni / Oh, Les Beaux Jours! / Siciliana E Marcia / Toccata)(LP, Album) Italia (2) ITL 70017 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
ITL 70009 Goffredo Petrassi - Ottavo Concerto Per Orchestra • (Primo) Concerto Per Orchestra album art Goffredo Petrassi - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Zoltán Peskó Goffredo Petrassi - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Zoltán Peskó - Ottavo Concerto Per Orchestra • (Primo) Concerto Per Orchestra(LP, Album) Italia (2) ITL 70009 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
LPA 5943 Goffredo Petrassi - Coro Di Morti - Nonsense - Quattro Inni Sacri album art Goffredo Petrassi Coro Di Morti - Nonsense - Quattro Inni Sacri (Comp, Album) Ars Nova (2) LPA 5943 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
ITL 70058 Goffredo Petrassi - Suoni Notturni • Seconda Serenata~Trio • Nunc • Alias album art Goffredo Petrassi - Vincenzo SaldarelliClaudia AntonelliRiccardo PellegrinoMariolina De Robertis Goffredo Petrassi - Vincenzo SaldarelliClaudia AntonelliRiccardo PellegrinoMariolina De Robertis - Suoni Notturni • Seconda Serenata~Trio • Nunc • Alias(LP, Album) Italia (2) ITL 70058 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
ITL 70005 Goffredo Petrassi - Secondo E Settimo Concerto Per Orchestra album art Goffredo Petrassi - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Zoltán Peskó Goffredo Petrassi - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Zoltán Peskó - Secondo E Settimo Concerto Per Orchestra(LP, Album) Italia (2) ITL 70005 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
ITL 70076 Goffredo Petrassi - Quinto Concerto Per Orchestra / Invenzione Concertata (Sesto Concerto) Per Archi, Ottoni E Percussione album art Goffredo Petrassi - Orchestra Sinfonica Di Milano Della Radiotelevisione Italiana*, Zoltán Peskó Goffredo Petrassi - Orchestra Sinfonica Di Milano Della Radiotelevisione Italiana*, Zoltán Peskó - Quinto Concerto Per Orchestra / Invenzione Concertata (Sesto Concerto) Per Archi, Ottoni E Percussione(LP, Album) Italia (2) ITL 70076 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
PAN PRC S20 - 07 Goffredo Petrassi - Musiche Di Benvenuti Donatoni Dallapiccola Lupi Lolini Petrassi album art Liliana Poli, Fausta Cianti - Benvenuti* / Donatoni* / Dallapiccola* / Lupi* / Lolini* / Petrassi* Liliana Poli, Fausta Cianti - Benvenuti* / Donatoni* / Dallapiccola* / Lupi* / Lolini* / Petrassi* - Musiche Di Benvenuti Donatoni Dallapiccola Lupi Lolini Petrassi(LP, Album) Edipan PAN PRC S20 - 07 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
ITL 70099 Goffredo Petrassi - Otto Concerti Per Orchestra album art Goffredo Petrassi - Zoltán Peskó Goffredo Petrassi - Zoltán Peskó - Otto Concerti Per Orchestra(4xLP) Italia (2) ITL 70099 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
(30) 130 298 Francesco Canova da Milano, Ludovico Roncalli, Mauro Giuliani (2), Niccolò Paganini, Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco, Goffredo Petrassi, Ernesto Bitetti Francesco Canova da Milano, Ludovico Roncalli, Mauro Giuliani (2), Niccolò Paganini, Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco, Goffredo Petrassi, Ernesto Bitetti - Cuatro Siglos De Musica Italiana Para Guitarra(12", Album) Hispavox (30) 130 298 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
CRM 1005 Goffredo Petrassi - Il Cordovano album art Goffredo Petrassi Il Cordovano (Album) Ricordi CRM 1005 Italy 1987 Sell This Version