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Ettore Petrolini

Ettore Petrolini (13 January 1884 – 29 June 1936) was an Italian stage and film actor, playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He is considered one of the most important figures of avanspettacolo, vaudeville and revue. He was noted for his numerous caricature sketches, and was the "inventor of a revolutionary and anticonformist way of performing". Petrolini is also remembered for having created the "futurista" character Fortunello. His contribution to the history of Italian theater is now widely acknowledged, especially with regard to his influence on 20th century comedy. His iconic character Gastone became a byword in Italian for a certain type of stagey snob. His satirical caricature of the Roman Emperor Nero (created in 1917 and later the subject of a 1930 film) was widely perceived as a parody of Benito Mussolini, although it may itself have influenced the mannerisms of the Fascist dictator.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 13, 1884 (Rome), Died June 29, 1936 (Rome)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, leader, composer, author, songwriter, lyricist, speaker

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh S-71873 10-in. Sept. 1923 'Er Sor Capanna Renzo Todini Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Gramophone BM1046 10-in. 8/26/1929 Gastone (Satira di Ettore Petrolini) L. Froes ; Ettore Petrolini Male vocal solo and monologue, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone BM1047 10-in. 8/26/1929 Gastone (Satira di Ettore Petrolini) L. Froes ; Ettore Petrolini Male vocal solo and monologue, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone BM1048 10-in. 8/27/1929 Malinconie petroliniane Ettore Petrolini Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, composer  
Gramophone BM1049 10-in. 8/27/1929 Roma bella Ettore Petrolini Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, songwriter  
Gramophone BM1050 10-in. 8/27/1929 Lirica Ettore Petrolini Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, composer  
Gramophone BM1051 10-in. 8/27/1929 Storiella morale Ettore Petrolini Male vocal solo, with celeste vocalist, composer  
Gramophone BF1510 10-in. 2/2/1928 Una gita a li castelli Ettore Petrolini e Cia. Comic scene, with instrumental ensemble leader, songwriter  
Gramophone BF1511 10-in. 2/2/1928 Una gita a li castelli Ettore Petrolini e Cia. Comic scene, with instrumental ensemble leader, songwriter  
Gramophone BF1516 10-in. 2/4/1928 Scenette balneari Compagnia Ettore Petrolini Comic scene, with singing and instrumental ensemble leader, author  
Gramophone BF1517 10-in. 2/4/1938 Teopompo ai bagni Compagnia Ettore Petrolini Comic scene, with singing and instrumental ensemble leader, author  
Gramophone BF1521 10-in. 2/7/1928 Il padiglione delle meraviglie (Piazza Guglielmo Pepe a Roma) Ettore Petrolini Monologue, with instrumental ensemble author, speaker  
Gramophone BF1523 10-in. 2/9/1928 Cantante da strada Ettore Petrolini Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, songwriter  
Gramophone BK1859 10-in. before January 1929 Canzone a Nina Ettore Petrolini Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone BK1873 10-in. 6/12/1926 Le sigherare Ettore Petrolini e Cia. Comic scene leader, author  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Petrolini, Ettore," accessed May 29, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102321.

Petrolini, Ettore. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 29, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102321.

"Petrolini, Ettore." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 29 May 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102321

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