Guiseppe Ferrata (1865-1928), student of Sgambati and Franz Liszt, quickly became a respected concert pianist and composer following his emigration to the United States in 1892. He began his American career with several teaching posts throughout the Northeast before becoming the first teacher of piano and composition of the Tulane University Music Department (formerly the Sophie Newcomb College). He held this post until his death in 1928. As one of the founding faculty members, Ferrata’s influence on the early growth and development of the music department was substantial. During his career as an educator, Ferrata continued to compose music which won recognition at several competitions including the Music Teachers’ National Association Competition (1897), the Sonzogna Opera Competition of Milan (1903), and the Art Society of Pittsburgh Competition (1908). Though largely forgotten today, Ferrata’s works were generally well-received and performed across the United States during Ferrata’s lifetime.
This collection includes more than 30 works published between 1901 and 1921. His versatility as a composer is highlighted by the variety of genres present in the collection; from light songs to solo piano works, masses, and string quartets. For more information about Guiseppe Ferrata, see: Baron, John H. 100 Years Newcomb-Tulane Music Department (1909-2009); New Orleans: John Baron, 2009. Eanes, Edward. “Ferrata, Giuseppe.” In Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online,http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/44655 (accessed May 23, 2012); Shipley, L.P. “Memoires and Music of Guiseppe Ferrata, a Pupil of Liszt.” In Journal of the American Liszt Society 28 (1990), 31-41.
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