Amilcare Ponchielli

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Ponchielli, Amilcare


Born Aug. 31, 1834, in Paderno Fasolaro, now Paderno Ponchielli, near Cremona; died Jan. 16, 1886, in Milan. Italian composer.

Ponchielli was first an organist and then a conductor in Cremona. In 1881 he became the choir director of the cathedral in Bergamo. Beginning in 1883 he was a professor at the Milan Conservatory, where P. Mascagni and G. Puccini were among his students. Ponchielli was known chiefly as a composer of operas. His La Gioconda (libretto by A. Boito, based on Hugo’s drama Angelo, Tyrant of Padua), first performed at La Scala in Milan in 1876, gained world fame. His other works included two ballets and the Garibaldi Hymn (1882).


Napoli, G. de. A. Ponchielli. Cremona, 1936.
Damerini, A. A. Ponchielli. Turin, 1940.
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The tune was adapted from Dance Of The Hours from Act 3 of La Gioconda by Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-86).
Yet Fischer-Dieskau's repertory knew few international boundaries, also encompassing works by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Gabriel Faure, Edvard Grieg, Antonin Dvorak, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Bela Bartok, Henry Purcell, Amilcare Ponchielli, George Frideric Handel, Franz Liszt, and numerous others.
In showing the stylistic influence that flowed from Fosca to the much better known La gioconda of Amilcare Ponchielli, Goes debunks the efforts of Italian musicologists, inclined, for chauvinistic reasons, to boost Ponchielli and ignore Gomes.