2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

Angelo Mariani and his Influence as the First Modern Conductor in Italy


Oscar E. Esqueda♦
Dr. Jay Bulen, Faculty Mentor

Angelo Mariani is best known as the first Italian conductor in the modern sense. Italy was the last European country to adopt the model of the specialist conductor using baton. Mariani is also responsible for many Verdi, Meyerbeer and Wagner opera premieres in Italy. A few other Italian conductors, such as renowned Arturo Toscanini and later Riccardo Muti and Claudio Abbado, continued in his footsteps. However, Toscanini was not directly influenced by Mariani, since he was self taught and had developed his own style based on his long observations as a cellist in the orchestra of the Teatro Alla Scala. Still, Toscanini marked a radical era in Teatro Alla Scala, by setting bases for his style developing a conducting technique that favored a more melodic and passionate style, which have been followed by the newer generations.

Keywords: Angelo Mariani, Arturo Toscanini, Orchestral Conducting, Italy, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Enrique Eskeda

Topic(s):Music

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 213-1
Location: OP 2210
Time: 9:30

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