Saturday, May 19, 2018

Who Are Those Composers? ~ Amedeo Escobar

Amedeo Escobar was born in the small town of the Marche region of Pergola on August 14, 1888. Amedeo was always attracted to music and he moved to Rome to attend courses in composition and instrumentation, at the Academy of Santa Cecilia, graduating in composition and cello.

He began his career as an instrumentalist and part of the Arturo Toscanini orchestra and was a friend of Puccini, Strawinsky, Pizzetti and other famous artists and musicians. He then played in various dance orchestras, and later formed his own ensemble and toured the world, which performed several pieces of jazz music, he also worked in various radio programs of the EIAR, and as a composer for the theater and cinema. There he met Alessandro Blasetti who commissioned him for the musical commentary on the film “Resurrectio” (1931). He went on to compose scores for over 30 films.

In the 1950s and 1960s he participated in both radio and television broadcasts for RAI, as a composer and conductor in various variety programs.

In the 1960s he retired to Viareggio, Tuscany where he died on November 16, 1973. He is buried in the cemetery of his native village.

ESCOBAR, Amedeo [8/14/1888 Pergola, Marche, Italy – 11/16/1973, Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy] – composer, musician (cello), married to Giuseppina Fazzi (19??-1973).
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