New Italians

Paris recently had an opportunity to hear a new opera, Phaedre—book by D'Annunzio and music by the modernist composer, Pizetti. As a piece of dramatturgy the opera was voted dull. But the music was praised loudly as a lovely bit of classical and archaic beauty. The composer is above all things a scholar, who, working his way into new harmonic textures, gives himself, at the same time, to an ardent study of the music of antiquity. He is a great authority on the Greek modes, and uses...

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