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Luigi Denza

February 24, 1846 - January 26, 1922
born in Castellammare di Stabia, composed during the Modern period
Luigi Denza's birthplace is near the city of Naples. He studied music in the Naples Conservatory with Saverio Mercadante (1795-1870) and that composer's pupil Paolo Serrao. He had a modest success in Naples with his opera Wallenstein in 1876.

In 1884 he spent the opera season in London, liking the English music scene well enough to settle there permanently in 1887. Like his countryman Giorgio Tosti, he lived in London while producing large quantities of songs and ballads in Italian fashion and often in Neapolitan dialect. He was a director at the London Academy of Music and, in 1898, was appointed Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music.

His songs were very popular with singers and many continue to be sung on lighter programs. Among these are "Oct di fatter" (Fateful Eyes), "Se..." (If...), "Torn!" (Return!), and "Vein!" (Come!).

But by far his best known composition was "Funiculi-funicula." This rollicking dance-song in tarantella rhythm was written to be played at the opening of the new tourist attraction in Naples, the funicular railroad that takes travelers to the top of Mount Vesuvius. It has become a kind of cliché for Southern Italy and is often taken to be a folk song. Under that misapprehension, Richard Strauss as a precocious teenager used it as the subject of the finale of his Aus Italien and was deeply embarrassed to find he had ripped off a living composer who held its copyright. It was also used by Alfredo Casella in the orchestral rhapsody Italia and by Rimsky-Korsakov. ~ Joseph Stevenson, Rovi
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Un ful nominale di 10. Semplicement e eccezionali. Eccellent
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5 Star take me home..
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WAKE-UP MY PEOPLE!!!!.. . . . . T O M M O R O W IS HERE!!!!!!!
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Love that voice
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S**ts dope as coke cooked in the kitchen
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Good song loving my Italian culture
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Comments are planted
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Quite a long living man for that time! He lived through a lot.
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Luv it..so relaxing :-)
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I can not imagine my Italy and Napoli has been the heart of culture and now we know what is...
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Great stuff! Always puts a smile on my face :)
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I love it!
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I cannot believe that in a year there is but one comment? There was a time when a night out at the opera was the treasure of society. It's your ears and mine Romelo. DMB
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music to my ears...

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