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Amilcare Ponchielli (August 31, 1834January 17, 1886) was an Italian composer, largely of operas. August 31 is the 243rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (244th in leap years), with 122 days remaining, as the final day of August. ... 1834 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... January 17 is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1886 (MDCCCLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Friday (click on link to calendar) // Events January 18 - Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ...

Born in Paderno Fasolaro, now Paderno Ponchielli, near Cremona, Ponchielli won a scholarship at the age of nine to study music at the Milan Conservatory, writing his first symphony by the time he was ten years old. Two years after leaving the conservatory he wrote his first opera, I promessi sposi (1856), based on Alessandro Manzoni's novel, and it was as an opera composer that he eventually found fame. His best known opera, La Gioconda, which his librettist Arrigo Boito adapted from a play by Victor Hugo, was produced in 1876. Paderno Ponchielli is a town and comune in the province of Cremona, in Lombardy, Italy. ... Paderno Ponchielli is a town and comune in the province of Cremona, in Lombardy, Italy. ... This article is about the city of Cremona. ... Music is an art, entertainment, or other human activity which involves organized and audible sound, though definitions vary. ... A music school or conservatory is an institution dedicated to teaching the art of music, including playing of musical instruments, musical composition, musicianship, music history and music theory. ... A symphony is an extended piece of music usually for orchestra and comprising several movements. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Alessandro Manzoni Alessandro Francesco Tommaso Manzoni (March 7, 1785–May 22, 1873) was an Italian poet and novelist. ... La Gioconda is an opera in four acts by Amilcare Ponchielli to an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Angelo by Victor Hugo. ... Arrigo Boito (February 24, 1842 – June 10, 1918) was an Italian poet, novelist and composer, best known today for his opera libretti and his own opera, Mefistofele. ... Victor Hugo Victor-Marie Hugo (February 26, 1802 – May 22, 1885) is recognized as one of the most influential French Romantic writers of the 19th century and is often identified as the greatest French writer. ...

His early career was disappointing. Maneuvered out of a professorship at the Milan Conservatory that he had won in a competition, he took small-time jobs in small cities. The turning point was the success of his revised version of I promessi sposi in 1872, which brought him a contract with the music publisher G. Ricordi & Co. and the musical establishment at the Conservatory and at La Scala. A successful ballet in 1873 Le due gemelle confirmed his success. Casa Ricordi was a classical music publishing company founded in 1808 as G. Ricordi & Co. ... La Scala This article is about the opera house. ...

After Gioconda his musical invention seemed to fail and his later operas did not meet with the same success. In 1881, Ponchielli was appointed maestro di cappella of the Bergamo Cathedral, and from 1883 he was a professor of composition at the Milan Conservatory, where among his students were Giacomo Puccini and Pietro Mascagni. Giacomo Puccini Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (December 22, 1858 – November 29, 1924) is regarded as one of the great operatic composers of the late 19th and early 20th century. ... Pietro Mascagni (Livorno December 7, 1863 – Rome August 2, 1945) is one of the most important Italian opera composers of the turn of the 20th century. ...

He died in Milan and was interred there in the Cimitero Monumentale. The Cimitero Monumentale in Milan, Italy is a very large cemetery located on the square given its name, Piazzale del Cimitero Monumentale. ...

Although in his lifetime Ponchielli was very popular and influential, in introducing an enlarged orchestra and more complex orchestration, the only one of his operas regularly performed today is La Gioconda. It contains the soprano set-piece "Suicidio!" and the ballet music "The Dance of the hours", known even to the non-musical from its use in Walt Disney's Fantasia (1940), and its burlesque in the 1963 Allan Sherman novelty song, "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh" and, to a lesser degree, the 1966 Perrey and Kingsley song, "Countdown To 6." La Gioconda is an opera in four acts by Amilcare Ponchielli to an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Angelo by Victor Hugo. ... Dance of the Hours is a song from La Gioconda composed by Amilcare Ponchielli. ... Walt Disney Walter Elias Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966), was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator. ... Fantasia is a 1940 motion picture, the third in the Disney animated features canon, which was a Walt Disney experiment in animation and music. ... Allan Sherman (sometimes incorrectly Alan), November 30, 1924 - November 20, 1973, was an American musician, parodist, satirist, accordionist, and television producer. ... Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (also Faddah) is Allan Shermans best known song parody. ... Album cover art from In Sound from Way Out! The musical duo Perrey and Kingsley (Jean-Jacques Perrey, b. ...

Ponchielli's operas:

  • Il sindaco babbeo, 1881 (a student project)
  • I promessi sposi, Cremona 1856. Ignored by the press.
  • Bertrando del Bornio, 1858 (scheduled for Turin but not performed)
  • La Savoiarda, 1861; revised as Lina, 1877
  • Roderico, re dei Goti, 1863
  • I promessi sposi, Milan 1872. Success in a revised version.
  • Il parlatore eterno, 1873 (a monologue for baritone)
  • I Lituani, 1874; revised as Aldona
  • La Gioconda, Milan 1876; revised version 1880
  • Il figliuol prodigo, Milan 1880
  • Marion Delorme, Milan 1885
  • I Mori di Valenza (left incomplete; completed by Arturo Cadore and premiered in 1914)

External links

  • List of operas with further details
  • Opera Italiana: Amilcare Ponchielli (in English)

  Results from FactBites:
Ponchielli's 'I Lituani' - Enrique Alberto Arias (2632 words)
Ponchielli is known to most music lovers as the composer of La Gioconda (1876), but his many other compositions have fallen into oblivion.
Born in 1834, Ponchielli studied at the Milan Conservatory beginning in 1843 and remained in provincial and rather unimportant positions until 1872, when his I promessi sposi won acclaim at Milan's La Scala and established the composer's reputation.
Ponchielli was active at the same time and moved in the same circles as Giuseppe Verdi, with whom he shared many common points of musical style and aesthetic.
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