Toccata, Alfredo Casella





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Toccata, Alfredo Casella
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Alfredo Casella (1883-1947) was an italian pianist and composer.

He was raised into a music family. His grandfather was the first celist in «São Carlos Theather» (Lisbon) and in Royal Chapel (Turim). His father, Carlo Casella, was a celist and his mother was Casella's first teacher,

In 1896, Casella went to Paris to follow his musical studies; he worked with Louis Diémer (piano) and Gabril Fauré (composition). During his Parisian period, Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, and Manuel de Falla were acquaintances, and he was in contact with Ferruccio Busoni, Gustav Mahler, and Richard Strauss as well.

Altough he admired Debussy's works, Casella pursued a more romantic vein. He wrote for piano, orchestral and chamber music. Some of his best known compositions includes A Notte Alta, the Sonatina, Nove Pezzi, and the Six Studies, Op. 70, for piano.

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