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Il Tramonto
Antonio Torriani
bassoon, piano
Catalogue Number: HV016
Duration: approx. 3½ minutes
Piano and bassoon part: £12.00
Skill level (A-E): D
Il Tramonto

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Antonio Torriani was born in Milan on January 17th 1829 and is regarded by some as one of the most important bassoonists in Italy during the 19th Century. On graduating from the Conservatorio in 1850 (where he won a prize for instrumental performance) he became co-principle with his teacher, Cant, at the Teatro Carcano for a season, eventually succeeding him at Teatro alla Scala. He held this post until 1893. During this time he so impressed Verdi that many of the important solos in the latter"s operas were testimony to Torriani's playing. One notable occasion was the premiere of Verdi's Requiem in 1874 where Torriani and his colleagues from the Orchestrale del Teatro alla Scala played the obligatos and bassoon quartet for the first time.

Through all this time he was also a prolific arranger and composer, including several for bassoon and piano and one for oboe, bassoon and piano. Torriani eventually retired as a Professor in 1908 at the age of 79, eventually dying three years later in the city of his birth in 1911.

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