Correspondence of Ferrucio Benvenuto Busoni (1866-1924), composer.
Letters of Ferrucio Busoni
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- ReferenceGB 150 MS16
- Dates of Creation1912-1924
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialGerman
- Physical Description16 items
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Administrative / Biographical History
Ferrucio Benvenuto Busoni (1866-1924) was born in Italy, the son of an Italian clarinettist and a pianist of German descent. After being trained by his mother he completed his education at Vienna and Leipzig. In 1889 he became professor of piano at Helsingfor, and from there he moved to Moscow and later the United States. From 1894 to 1914 (and again from 1920 till his death) he lived in Berlin. During World War I he lived in Zurich. He married Gerda Strand in 1890.
Busoni was a pianist of considerable repute and also conducted including works by his contemporaries. His major works comprise an opera unfinished in his lifetime Doktor Faust and two further smaller operas. He composed numerous pieces, mainly for the piano, and also made transcripts of Bach's organ works for piano.
Reference: University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department, Online Archive Catalogue ( http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/ ). Accessed May 2002.
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The University Librarian's Annual Report notes that this gift was "collected by Mr N. Debenham of Aldeburgh" and that Dr Waterhouse was instrumental in arranging the gift. Receipt of this gift was reported in the University Librarian's Annual Report, 1982/83.
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