Ferruccio Busoni was an Italian composer, pianist, conductor, editor, writer, and teacher. Busoni was born in Empoli, just south of Florence, he was the son of professional musicians, initially trained by his father, he later studied at the Vienna Conservatory and then with Wilhelm Mayer and Carl Reinecke. In the ensuing years, after brief periods teaching in Helsinki and Moscow, he devoted himself to composing, teaching, and touring as a virtuoso pianist in Europe and his writings on music were influential, they covered not only aesthetics but considerations of microtones and other innovative topics. He was based in Berlin from 1894 but spent much of World War I in Switzerland, Busoni was an outstanding pianist from an early age. His visits to America led to interest in North American indigenous tribal melodies which were reflected in some of his works. His compositions include works for piano, including a monumental Piano Concerto and his other compositions include chamber music, vocal and orchestral works, and also operas, one of which, Doktor Faust, was left unfinished at the time of his death. Busoni died in Berlin at the age of 58, Busoni was born in the Tuscan town of Empoli, the only child of two professional musicians, Ferdinando, a clarinettist, and Anna, a pianist. The family shortly moved to Trieste. A child prodigy, largely taught by his father, he began performing and composing at the age of seven, commercially promoted by his parents in a series of further concerts, he was later to say I never had a childhood. In 1875 he made his concerto début playing Mozarts Piano Concerto No.24, from the ages of nine to eleven, with the help of a patron, Busoni studied at the Vienna Conservatory. His first performances in Vienna were glowingly received by the critic Eduard Hanslick, in 1877 he heard the playing of Franz Liszt, and was introduced to the composer who admired his performance. In the following year he composed a four-movement concerto for piano, leaving Vienna he had a brief period of study in Graz with Wilhelm Mayer, and conducted a performance of his own composition Stabat Mater, Op.55 in the composers initial numbering sequence, in 1879. Other early pieces were published at time, including settings of Ave Maria. Busoni was elected in 1881 to the Accademia Filharmonica of Bologna, in the mid 1880s he was based in Vienna where he met with Karl Goldmark and helped to prepare the vocal score for the latters 1886 opera, Merlin. He also met Johannes Brahms, to whom he dedicated two sets of piano Etudes, and who recommended him to study in Leipzig with Carl Reinecke. During this period he supported himself by giving recitals, and also by the support of a patron. He also continued to compose, and made his first attempt at an opera, Sigune, in a letter he describes how, finding himself penniless in Leipzig, he appealed to the publisher Schwalm to take his compositions. Schwalm demurred but said he would commission a fantasy on Peter Corneliuss opera The Barber of Baghdad for fifty marks down, and a hundred on completion
She was the first Italian woman to receive this honor. Born in Nuoro, Sardinia, into a family, she attended elementary school and then was educated by a private tutor. She started writing at a young age, inspired by the Sardinian peasants. The first novel she wrote and published was Fiori di Sardegna and this novel was published in 1892. She first published pieces in the fashion magazine Lultima moda when it still published works in prose. Nellazzurro, published by Trevisani in 1890, might be considered her first work and her family was not supportive of her desire to write. Her works seemed to focus on portraying harsh realities and difficult lifestyles, combining imaginary and her novels tend to criticize social values and moral norms rather than the people who are victims of such circumstances. Still between prose and poetry are, among the first works, Paesaggi sardi, published by Speirani in 1896 and she had two sons and lived a quiet life occupied by her writing. She was a prolific writer publishing, on average, a novel a year. Cenere was the inspiration for a silent movie with the famous Italian actress Eleonora Duse and it was the only time Duse appeared in film. Deledda received the Nobel Prize in 1926 in Literature after she had been nominated by Henrik Schück and her response in winning the prize was Già. Deledda was very protective of her daily writing routine and her schedule was exactly the same seven days a week, a late breakfast, a few hours of reading, lunch followed by a nap and then, clearly, ending the day with a few hours of writing. Deledda happened to receive the Nobel Prize almost exactly a year after Benito Mussolini dropped the charade of constitutional rule of the favor of Fascism. Mussolini himself wished to give Grazia a portrait of himself, and he signed it with “profound admiration. ”With this string of fame, came a slew of journalists and her beloved pet crow, Checcha was irritated by all the commotion with people coming in and out. “If Checcha has had enough, so have I, ” Deledda was quoted as saying, Deledda continued to write even as she grew older and weaker. La Casa del Poeta and Sole dEstate are two of the collections of stories she wrote during this time. She showcased her optimistic view of even as she suffered from painful illnesses. She believed that life was beautiful and serene, unaltered by personal suffering, man and her later works show how mankind and faith in God are beautiful things
Roberto Remigio Benigni, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI is an Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director. He co-wrote, directed and acted in the 1997 film Life Is Beautiful, which garnered him the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He also portrayed Inspector Clouseaus son in Son of the Pink Panther and has collaborated with filmmaker Jim Jarmusch in three of his films, Down by Law, Night on Earth and Coffee and Cigarettes. Benigni was born in Manciano La Misericordia, the son of Isolina Papini, a maker, and Luigi Benigni, a bricklayer, carpenter. He was raised Catholic and served as a boy, he still considers himself a believer. His first experiences as an actor took place in 1971. During that autumn he moved to Rome where he took part in experimental theatre shows. In 1975, Benigni had his first theatrical success with Cioni Mario di Gaspare fu Giulia, written by Giuseppe Bertolucci. Benigni became famous in Italy in the 1970s for a series called Onda Libera, on RAI2, produced by Renzo Arbore. A great scandal for the time, the series was suspended due to censorship and his first film was 1977s Berlinguer, I Love You, also by Bertolucci. His popularity increased with Laltra domenica, another TV show of Arbores in which Benigni portrayed a film critic who never watches the films hes asked to review. Bernardo Bertolucci then cast him in a speechless role as a window upholsterer in the film La Luna which had limited American distribution due to its subject matter. In 1980 he met Cesenate actress Nicoletta Braschi, who was to become his wife and it was an unprecedented act, given that until that moment Italian politicians were proverbially serious and formal. Benigni was censored again in the 1980s for calling Pope John Paul II something impolite during an important live TV show, Benignis first film as director was Tu mi turbi in 1983. This film was also his first collaboration with Braschi, in 1984, he played in Non ci resta che piangere with comic actor Massimo Troisi. The story was a fable in which the protagonists are suddenly back in time to the 15th century. They start looking for Christopher Columbus in order to him from discovering the Americas. Beginning in 1986, Benigni starred in three films by American director Jim Jarmusch, in Down By Law he played Bob, an innocent foreigner living in the United States, convicted of manslaughter, whose irrepressible good humour and optimism help him to escape and find love
You know I have no myths. I love the rally cars and a few things that I cannot say. Language is an interface between us and the world, beyond language, there is nothing but pure mystical contemplation of the universe. Caterina Davinio is an Italian poet, novelist and new media artist, author of digital art, net. art, video art. She was the creator of Italian Net-poetry in 1998, born in Foggia, she grew up in Rome since 1961. She studied literature and art history at Rome University La Sapienza, Caterina began to write poetry when she was fourteen years old. Since 1997 she has been living in Monza and Lecco, working at international level. From the early 1990s Davinio was a pioneer of Italian electronic poetry, in the field among writing, visual art. She was the first woman artist who utilized the computer and Internet in literature, author of visual and sound poetry, she created also works with traditional techniques, such as painting and photography. She is author of novels, books of poetry, essays, in 1997 she collaborated to netOper@, the first Italian interactive work for the web, by the composer Sergio Maltagliati. She also initiated Net-poetry in Italy, in 1998, with the website and she exhibited animated digital poetry works - called Terminal Videopoems - in the 1997 Venice Biennale, in VeneziaPoesia, a project directed by the poet and writer Nanni Balestrini. In 1999 she participated, as a poet and a video artist, in Progetto Oreste at the Italian Pavilion of the 48th Venice Biennale, where she also curated a video poetry exhibition. In the same project she curated also the event Network Poetico Net-Poetry Reading in Webcam, in the context of the 2009 Venice Biennale Davinio participated also in the exhibition Détournement Venise 2009. In 2014 she exhibited her net-poetry installation Big Splash in the Master Section of the international festival OLE, among the literary critics who have written about Davinios works of fiction and poetry, Francesco Muzzioli, Dante Maffia, Ivano Mugnaini, David W. The flow of words and information became art in itself, transcending the necessity to view art in terms of form. The suffix. it present in Karenina. it title is a locator for the origin of the website. The value of the site resides within the framework of the Fluxus art movement. Karenina. it won MAD03 Award in 2003, Madrid, among them, Global Poetry, for UNESCO, March 22 –27,2002,122 involved artists
Marella Agnelli, born Donna Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto is an Italian noblewoman, art collector, socialite, style icon and widow of former Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli. She has often appeared in the fashion magazine Vogue and she was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1963. Donna Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto was born in Florence, as member of the House of Caracciolo and her father was Don Filippo Caracciolo, 8th Prince di Castagneto, 3rd Duke di Melito, and hereditary Patrician of Naples, from an old Neapolitan noble family. Her mother was the former Margaret Clarke of Peoria, Illinois and she was married in the Church of Osthoffen to Fiat tycoon Gianni Agnelli on 19 November 1953, they would remain married until his death on 24 January 2003. In 1973, she created a line for Abraham-Zumsteg, for which she was awarded the Resources Councils Roscoe in 1977. An avid gardener, Agnelli has authored a number of books on the subject, Two of her books are about the Garden of Ninfa and The Agnelli Gardens at Villar Perosa. More recently, she oversaw the opening of the Renzo Piano-designed art gallery Pinacoteca Giovanni and Marella Agnelli, built on the roof of the former Lingotto Fiat factory in Turin, the Agnelli collection includes Picasso, Renoir, Canaletto, Matisse and Canova materpieces. Z. Guest, Slim Keith, and Pamela Harriman, Lee Radziwill and she was portrayed in the American biographical film Infamous by Isabella Rossellini. – Grand Officer Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Awarded the third-highest civil honour in Italy, Marella Agnelli – The Last Swan. Agnelli, Marella, Caracciolo, Marella, Pejrone, Paolo, the Agnelli Gardens at Villar Perosa – Two Centuries of a Family Retreat. Agnelli, Marella, Pietromarchi, Luca, Bright, Robert Emmett, Forquet, Agnelli and the Network of Italian Power
Luigi Barzini Sr.
Luigi Barzini Sr. was an Italian journalist, war correspondent and fascist politician. In 1900, he was sent as war correspondent to Qing Dynasty China, during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–1905, he was embedded within the Imperial Japanese Army, and covered its campaigns in Manchuria. During World War I, Barzini was the correspondent with the Italian Army. In the 1920s, Barzini left the Corriere della Sera and moved to the United States, returning to Italy, he was director of the Il Mattino. He served on the Commission of the Armed Forces, the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Customs legislation, Affairs Committee of Italian Africa and the Board of Finance. During this time, he continued to work as a correspondent for the Fascist newspaper Il Popolo dItalia, covering the Spanish Civil War and he continued to collaborate with Mussolini in the Italian Social Republic, after Italy had switched sides to the Allies. Barzini died destitute in Milan in 1947 and his son Luigi Barzini, Jr. was also a journalist and writer. Milano, Libreria Editrice Nazionale,1904 Il Giappone in armi, milano, Libreria Editrice Lombarda,1906 Guerra Russo-Giapponese. La battaglia di Mukden,1907 La metà del mondo vista da un automobile – da Pechino a Parigi in 60 giorni, milano, Ulrico Hoepli Editore,1908 Scene della grande guerra,1915 Al Fronte,1915 La guerra dItalia. Sui monti, nel cielo e nel mare,1916 La guerra dItalia