Giuseppe Martucci (1856-1909)

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Martucci was born in the southern Italian city of Capua. His father was a bandmaster and gave him his first music lessons on the piano. When it was discovered that the boy was prodigy, he was sent to the Naples Conservatory at the age of 11. Before he could graduate, his father, seeing his son’s amazing talent, decided to cash in and started him on a successful concert career. Martucci became well-known as a concert artist throughout Europe and his playing was admired by Liszt among others. However, later when he became of age and gained independence from his father, he worked as a professor at the Naples Conservatory, virtually ending his concert career.

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Besides being an important teacher, he also became the conductor of the Naples Symphony Orchestra and later the Liceo Musicale Bolognese orchestra. He is recognized as an important late 19th century Italian composer and was considered the leader of the group of Italian composers determined to break away from the dominance of opera in Italy and to restore instrumental music to its rightful place.

“[Martucci’s Piano Quintet is] expressive, ingenious, massive, poetic and high art.”   – Cobbett’s Cyclopedic Survey of Chamber Music


Selected Works

Chamber music

  • Piano Quintet in C major, Op. 45 (1878)
  • Momento musicale for String Quartet, Op. 64, No. 1 (1884, 1893)
  • Minuetto for String Quartet, Op. 55, No. 1 (1880, 1893)
  • Serenata for String Quartet, Op. 57, No. 2 (1886, 1893)
  • Piano Trio [after Offenbach’s La belle Hélène] (1869)
  • Piano Trio No. 1 in C major, Op. 59 (1882)
  • Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 62 (1883)
  • Cello Sonata in F sharp minor, Op. 52 (1880)
  • 2 Romances for Cello and Piano, Op. 72 (1890)
  • 3 Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 69 (1888)
  • Violin Sonata, Op. 22 (1874)
  • 3 Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 67 (1886)
  • Melodia for Violin and Piano (1890)
  • Divertimento [after Verdi’s La forza del destino] for Flute and Piano (1869)

Piano music

  • 3 polkas and a mazurka (1867)
  • Fantasia sull’opera La forza del destino, Op. 1 (1871)
  • Polka improvvisata (1872)
  • Capriccio No. 1, Op. 2 (1872)
  • Capriccio No. 2, Op. 3 (1872)
  • Mazurka di concerto, Op. 4 (1872)
  • Andante e polka, Op. 5 (1873)
  • Tarantella, Op. 6 (1873)
  • Agitato, Op. 7 (1873)
  • Pensieri sull’opera Un ballo in maschera for piano duet, Op. 8, (1873)
  • Studio di concerto, Op. 9 (1873)
  • Pensiero musicale, Op. 10 (1873)
  • Tempo di mazurka, Op. 11 (1873)
  • Capriccio No. 3, Op. 12 (1874)
  • Allegro appassionato, Op. 13 (1874)
  • Fuga, Op. 14 (1874)
  • Capriccio No. 4, Op. 15 (1874)
  • Melodia No. 1, Op. 16 (1874)
  • Improvviso, Op. 17 (1874)
  • Fuga a due parti, Op. 18 (1874)
  • Polacca No. 1, Op. 19 (1874)
  • Barcarola No. 1, Op. 20 (1874)
  • Melodia No. 2, Op. 21 (1874)
  • Scherzo, Op. 23 (1875)
  • Capriccio di concerto, Op. 24 (1875)
  • Nocturne: Souvenir de Milan, Op. 25 (1875)
  • Caprice en forme d’étude, Op. 26 (1875)
  • 3 romances, Op. 27 (1875)
  • Fughetta and Fugue, Op. 28 (1875)
  • La caccia, Op. 29 (1876)
  • Barcarola No. 2, Op. 30 (1876)
  • 4 pieces, Op. 31 (1876)
  • Fantasia in D minor, Op. 32 (1876)
  • 3 pieces, Op. 33 (1876)
  • Piano Sonata in E-major, Op. 34 (1876)
  • Mazurka, Op. 35 (1876)
  • Racconto in memory of Bellini, Op. 37 (1877)
  • 12 preludi facili (1877)
  • 6 pieces, Op. 38 (1878)
  • Souvenir de Paris, Op. 39 (1878)
  • Sonata facile, Op. 41 (1878)
  • 3 Notturninos, Op. 42 (1880)
  • 7 pieces, Op. 43 (1878–82)
  • 6 pieces, Op. 44 (1879–80)
  • 3 Walzes, Op. 46( 1879)
  • Studio, Op. 47 (1879)
  • Polacca No. 2, Op. 48 (1879)
  • 3 romances, Op. 49 (1880–82)
  • Novella, Op. 50 (1880)
  • Fantasia in G minor, Op. 51 (1880)
  • 3 Scherzi, Op. 53 (1881)
  • Studio caratteristico, Op. 54 (1880)
  • 2 pieces, Op. 55 (1880–8)
  • Improvviso-fantasia, Op. 56 (1880)
  • 2 pieces, Op. 57 (1886)
  • Tema con variazioni, Op. 58 (1882), also for orchestra and 2 pianos (1900, 1905)
  • Foglie sparse: album di 6 pezzi, Op. 60 (1883)
  • 3 pieces, Op. 61 (1883)
  • Moto perpetuo, Op. 63 (1884)
  • 3 pieces, Op. 64 (1884)
  • 3 pieces, Op. 65 (1884)
  • Romanza in E-major (1889)
  • 2 Nocturnes, Op. 70 (1891)
  • Deux pièces, Op. 73 (1893)
  • Trèfles à 4 feuilles, Op. 74 (1895)
  • Trois morceaux, Op. 76 (1896)
  • 2 pieces, Op. 77 (1896)
  • 3 small pieces, Op. 78 (1900)
  • 3 small pieces, Op. 79 (1901)
  • 2 caprices, Op. 80 (1902)
  • Melodia No. 3 (1902)
  • 3 pieces, Op. 82 (1905)
  • Novelletta, for piano, Op. 82/2 (1905)
  • 3 pieces, Op. 83 (1905)

Recordings

Martucci: Music for String Quartet / Piano Trios / Piano Quintet Giuseppe Martucci: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2Quintet & Trio by Martucci Piano QuartetGoiseppe Martucci: The Complete Piano Trios. Trio Mezzena-Bonucci Respighi/Martucci: Piano QuintetsMartucci: Chamber Music & Piano Sonata Giuseppe Martucci: Complete Works for Cello & PianoMartucci: Complete Music for Cello and Piano Brahms & His Contemporaries 3Cello Sonata / Adagio Con Variazioni for Cello Music for Violin & Piano Martucci: Piano MusicOperatic Pianist Martucci: The Piano Music, Vol. 1Martucci: The Piano Music, Vol. 2 Complete Works for Piano 1Martucci: Complete Works for 2 Pianos - Catalani and Rendano Martucci Castelnuovo Tedesco

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