Ferruccio Busoni

Busoni, Ferruccio Benvenuto

Ferruccio Benvenuto Busoni (fār-rōōt´chō bānvānōō´tō bōōzō´nē), 1866–1924, Italian pianist and composer. A child prodigy, he gave a concert in Trieste at the age of eight, which was followed by many appearances conducting and performing his own compositions. His style of piano playing was similar to that of Liszt, whom he greatly admired. He later taught at the conservatories in Helsinki and Moscow and from 1891 to 1894 at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. He transcribed for piano many of the organ works of J. S. Bach and edited his Well-tempered Clavier. Busoni's own compositions include piano pieces, a piano concerto, a violin concerto, and operas. His writings on musical and aesthetic subjects include his Sketch of a New Esthetic (tr. 1911).

See his letters to his wife (tr. 1938); biography by H. H. Stuckenschmidt (tr. 1971).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Ferruccio Busoni: Selected full-text books and articles

Three Classics in the Aesthetic of Music: Monsieur Croche the Dilettante Hater, by Claude Debussy; Sketch of a New Esthetic of Music, by Ferruccio Busoni; Essays before a Sonata, by Charles E. Ives By Claude Debussy; Ferruccio Busoni; Charles E. Ives Dover Publications, 1962
Librarian’s tip: "Sketch of a New Esthetic of Music" by Ferruccio Busoni begins on p. 73
The Essence of Music: And Other Papers By Ferruccio Busoni; Rosamond Ley Philosophical Library, 1957
The Piano: Its History, Makers, Players and Music By Albert E. Wier Longmans, Green, 1940
Librarian’s tip: "Ferruccio Benvenuto Busoni" begins on p. 170
The Modern Age, 1890-1960 By Martin Cooper Oxford University Press, 1974
Librarian’s tip: "Busoni and Reger" begins on p. 81 and Discussion of Ferruccio Busoni begins on p. 192
The Egghead's "Gioconda" By Smith, Patrick J New Criterion, Vol. 19, No. 7, March 2001
Composers on Composers By John L. Holmes Greenwood Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: "Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)" begins on p. 43
Conductors on Composers By John L. Holmes Greenwood Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: "Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)" begins on p. 59
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