|ORCHESTRA: Romantic Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; Autumn Symphony; Idylle.|
|CHAMBER MUSIC: Piano Quartet; Sonata for Violin and Piano; Trio Fantasy; Sonata for Violoncello and Piano; String Quartet.|
|CHORAL: Chorus to Pan in Autumn; Evening Song; Morning Song.|
About Joseph Marx:
Musical Times 53:156March 1912; Neue Musik Zeitung 43:107January 1922.
PIETRO MASCAGNI, the composer of Cavalleria Rusticana, was born in Leghorn on December 7, 1863. His father, a baker, had intended his son for the legal profession and discouraged all of the boy's early attempts to learn music. The desire to acquire a musical knowledge was so incredibly strong in the boy that, for a long while, he studied the rudiments in secrecy and then, when he felt more sure of himself, he surreptitiously enrolled as a pupil at the Istituto Luigi Cherubini where he studied under Alfredo Soffredini. It was not long before the father discovered the deception and then and there young Pietro's musical career would have come to an abrupt and harsh end had not an uncle come forward and, intervening, offered to adopt the talented student. Under his uncle's protection and encouragement, Pietro devoted himself with slavish industry to the study of music and, before long, he revealed the fruits of his studies by composing a competent Symphony for small orchestra, and a Kyrie for chorus, both of which were performed at the Istituto in 1879.
When, in 1881, Pietro's uncle died, it seemed that lean years were facing the composer. Fortunately, the minor successes which Mascagni had received for his early works warmed the heart of his father who decided to take the boy back to his home and to permit him to follow the career he had chosen for himself. It was at this time that Mascagni composed an Ode to Joy which, when it was performed at the Teatro degli Avvalorati, attracted the attention of a rich patron, Count Florestano de