The career of one of Italy's most striking musical personalities, reviewed by RODERIC DUNNETT, who met and interviewed him
Luciano Chailly was one of Italy's musical giants. Thanks to his prodigious
energies as composer, teacher and administrator, he enjoyed one of the most
colourful careers in the music of postwar Italy.
Luciano Chailly - composer, music administrator and Italian Radio pioneer
Chailly managed to coincide a successful career as one of Italy's leading
composers of the post-Malipiero generation with a host of important posts
in music administration. For sixteen years he was at the hub of Radio Televisione
Italiana (RAI), serving from 1951 to 1967 as organiser of musical programmes
in first Milan and then Rome. He also composed music himself for such successful
series as Giacomo Vaccari's 7-hour series Il Mastro Don Gesualdo,
based on Giovanni Verga's 1880s novel, and for the acclaimed Il
molino sul Po (Mill on the Po). A pioneer of music on television,
Chailly was also the moving force behind the setting up of RAI's crucially
influential Radiophonic Archive in Milan.
'Il Mastro Don Gesualdo'
Copyright © 20 April 2003
Roderic Dunnett, Coventry, UK