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Giacinto Scelsi

1905 - 1988

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Giacinto Francesco Maria Scelsi (Italian pronunciation: [dʒaˈtʃinto franˈtʃesko maˈriːa ʃˈʃɛlsi]; 8 January 1905 – 9 August 1988, sometimes cited as 8 August 1988) was an Italian composer who also wrote surrealist poetry in French. He is best known for having composed music based around only one pitch, altered in all manners through microtonal oscillations, harmonic allusions, and changes in timbre and dynamics, as paradigmatically exemplified in his Quattro pezzi su una nota sola ("Four Pieces on a single note", 1959). This composition remains his most famous work and one of the few performed to significant recognition during his lifetime. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Giacinto Scelsi has received more than 193,131 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Giacinto Scelsi is the 456th most popular composer (up from 470th in 2019), the 1,737th most popular biography from Italy (up from 1,760th in 2019) and the 86th most popular Italian Composer.

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Among composers, Giacinto Scelsi ranks 456 out of 1,216Before him are Johann Ludwig Bach, Johann Gottfried Walther, Maurice Duruflé, Michael Kamen, Franz Schmidt, and Gaspar Sanz. After him are Stefano Landi, Florent Schmitt, Richard Rodgers, George Crumb, Raimonds Pauls, and Franck Pourcel.

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Among people born in 1905, Giacinto Scelsi ranks 89Before him are Ludwig Fischer, Paul Nizan, Guy Mollet, Pierre Gemayel, Federica Montseny, and Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed. After him are Chen Yun, Attila József, Jean-Marie Villot, Myrna Loy, Yen Chia-kan, and Banine. Among people deceased in 1988, Giacinto Scelsi ranks 59Before him are Trường Chinh, Bacha Khan, Branko Zebec, Renato Salvatori, René Char, and Antonín Puč. After him are Vladimír Menšík, Luis Walter Alvarez, Henry Murray, George Uhlenbeck, Ilona Elek, and Raymond Dart.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Giacinto Scelsi ranks 1,737 out of 4,668Before him are Alfredo Binda (1902), Antonio Grimani (1434), Maria Domenica Mazzarello (1837), Cornelia (-97), Luigi Ferdinando Marsili (1658), and Pippo Spano (1369). After him are Pietro d'Abano (1250), John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton (1834), Gaius Julius Solinus (400), Lollia Paulina (15), Altichiero (1330), and Archduchess Maria Leopoldine of Austria-Este (1776).

Among COMPOSERS In Italy

Among composers born in Italy, Giacinto Scelsi ranks 86Before him are Emilio de' Cavalieri (1550), Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876), Remo Giazotto (1910), Claudio Merulo (1533), Francesco Maria Veracini (1690), and Paolo Tosti (1846). After him are Stefano Landi (1587), Antonio Sacchini (1730), Luigi Rossi (1597), Ferdinando Paer (1771), Bruno Maderna (1920), and Riz Ortolani (1926).