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Teodulo Mabellini
Il fiume. Scherzo for string quartet (1870)
ed. Claudio Paradiso

Teodulo Mabellini (Pistoia 1817 – Florence 1897) was active in 19th-century Florence as a conductor at the Società Filarmonica and Teatro della Pergola, while also teaching composition, counterpoint, and fugue for many years at the Istituto Musicale. However, he was primarily a composer of operas, celebration cantatas, sacred music, hymns, art songs, and works for concert band. Il fiume (“The River”), an example of fugal writing, displays Mabellini’s strong contrapuntal craftsmanship, which his contemporaries widely acknowledged.This edition is based on the autograph score, dedicated to a friend, violinist Giovacchino Giovacchini. It is dated October 1870.

Claudio Paradiso, a flautist and leader of the “Fiati di Parma” ensemble, teaches Wind Ensemble Music at Perugia Conservatory. He has been researching 18th- and 19th-century Italian instrumental music for many years. Has edited works for or with woodwinds by Giovanni Bolzoni, Benedetto Carulli, Domenico Cimarosa, Michelangelo Dotti, Jiří Družecký, Giuseppe Gariboldi, Luigi Hugues, Teodulo Mabellini, Saverio Mercadante, Francesco e Pietro Morlacchi, Luigi Pagani, Gioachino Rossini, Antonio Scontrino, Camillo Sivori, Giovanni Tadolini, and Giovanni Battista Viotti, published by Suvini-Zerboni, Ut Orpheus, L’Oca del Cairo, and Anteo. He has produced scholarly studies on Luigi Hugues (Casale Monferrato, 2001), Il flauto in Italia (Rome, 2005), Teodulo Mabellini (Pistoia, 2005), Arrigo Tassinari (Cento, 2009), and I virtuosi di Roma (in preparation). He has recently launched a projected Dizionario della musica in Italia (DMI), sponsored by Italian research centers, institutions, and foundations (2009).
Il fiume