Monday, April 7, 2008

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Continuing this week's theme of Jewish music from Florence, Italy, today's find is Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (hereafter abbreviated MCT). According to a Milken Archive press release for the recording, Naomi & Ruth / Sacred Service for Sabbath Eve, MCT was "born in Florence to an Italian Sephardi Jewish family with roots in Tuscany dating back 400 years, the composer himself identified three primary inspirations at the core of his musical expression: his Tuscan background, his fascination with Shakespeare, and the Bible--not only its narratives, but the Jewish spiritual and liturgical heritage developed over the centuries." According to his Wikipedia entry, while MCT was born in Florence, he emigrated to the US in 1939 to escape the pre-World War II race laws that had cut short his Italian career. Once in the US he quickly became a successful and influential film and opera composer. has the CD and plenty of sound samples for Naomi & Ruth / Sacred Service for Sabbath Eve as well as many of his secular compositions including the Tarantella played here by Giulio Tampalini.

GIULIO TAMPALINI - M. Castelnuovo Tedesco: Tarantella

You can find more info about MCT at the Milken Archives biography page and his wikipedia entry.

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