|ORCHESTRA : Concertino for Piano; Adventures in a Perambulator; Skyscrapers; Birthday of the Infanta; Song of Faith (with chorus) ; Little Dancer and Little Indian.|
|CHAMBER MUSIC : Sonata for Violin and Piano; String Quartet.|
|Pieces for piano, songs, etc.|
About John Alden Carpenter:
Howard J. T. Our American Music; Seldes Gilbert. Seven Lively Arts.
Harvard Musical Review 4:3January 1915; Modern Music 9:8November-December 1931; Musical Quarterly 16:443October 1930.
Important recordings of music by John Alden Carpenter:
VICTOR: Adventures in a Perambulator; Song of Faith; Skyscrapers (Shilkret).
CHICAGO PHONOGRAPH SOCIETY: Water Colors.
ALFREDO CASELLA, one of the leaders of the so-called "Young Italian" school of composers, was born in Turin on July 25, 1883, to a family of musicians. His father was an excellent 'cellist and a professor at the Liceo Musicale at Turin; his mother was an accomplished pianist. In this musical environment, Alfredo awakened to musical expression at a young age. At four, he was already studying the piano under the guidance of his mother, and at idle moments he would be found in front of the piano piecing together shreds of original songs. Music, however, was not the only interest in the boy's life. From the very first he evinced an enormous interest in, and aptitude for, chemistry and electricity, so much so that Galileo Ferraris, a friend of the family, insisted that the boy take up an arduous study of science. For a while, the boy wavered between two loves--science and music --and it seemed a question as to which he would pursue as a life career. It was at the advice of Martucci, the famous Italian composer, that Alfredo was finally turned towards music. In 1896, as a result of Martucci's counsel, Alfredo was sent to Paris to study at the Conservatory. He made rapid progress in his studies and, as a pupil of Fauré, took prizes in piano-playing and composition. After leaving the Conservatory, Casella taught music for several years, finally accepting a position as professor at the Liceo Santa Cecilia in Rome at the outbreak of the War.
It was not until the end of the War that Casella identified himself as one of the leaders of the contemporary musical movement in Italy. This movement included all of the gifted young Italian composers, such as Pizzetti, Malipiero, Tommasini, and Respighi, who differed, in their music, from their more celebrated countrymen like Puccini____________________