Pietro Floridia

Pietro Floridia (5 May 1860 in Modica – 16 August 1932 in New York City) was an Italian composer of classical music.

According to David Johnson (quoting the notes, by Luigi della Croce, to the Bongiovanni recording of Floridia's Symphony and other works), Floridia was born in Modica, Sicily, and studied in Naples, where he created his first opera, Carlotta Clepier. He later destroyed the score of this work and entered further studies. He wrote a symphony (his only one) in 1888, taught at the Palermo Conservatory of Music, and wrote operas Maruzza (produced in Venice in 1894) and La Colonia Libera (produced in Rome in 1899).

Floridia moved to the United States in 1904. From this point he made a living by teaching at the Cincinnati College of Music for some years, and then moved to New York City. During this period Floridia wrote and produced several more operas - Paoletta in Cincinnati (1910), The Scarlet Letter at some time during the 1900s, and (written but unproduced) his last opera, Malia. He also wrote incidental music, including to Oscar Wilde's A Florentine Tragedy; his music to this got a hearing in New York in 1917.

In 1914 while in New York City, he headed the Italian Symphony Orchestra.

Floridia died in Harkness Presbyterian Hospital in New York City in 1932.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 5th, 1860 (Modica), Died August 16th, 1932 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1910

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-9522 12-in. 10/6/1910 Vittoria Herbert Witherspoon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Floridia, Pietro," accessed July 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108687.

Floridia, Pietro. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108687.

"Floridia, Pietro." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108687


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