Giuseppe Pietri

Giuseppe Pietri (Sant'Ilario, frazione of Marina di Campo, comune of Campo nell'Elba, 6 May 1886 – Milan, 11 August 1946) was an Italian composer, known primarily for his work in operetta. Excerpts from one of his works, the opera Maristella, were widely recorded and continue to be so on CD. The aria "Io conosco un giardino" from that work has been popular with tenors, and has been frequently recorded separately; among the singers to record it are Luciano Pavarotti, Beniamino Gigli, Joseph Calleja and more recently, Rolando Villazón. Pietri studied composition at the Milan Conservatory at Gaetano Coronato. He studied harmony and counterpoint with Amintore Galli. He composed operas in versistical tradition, but it was his operettas that made him a popular success. He developed an independent Italian idiom for the operetta. The most famous was L'acqua cheta, which premiered in Rome in 1920. The text was from a 1908 Tuscan dialect piece by Augusto Novelli, a romantic comedy in the Florentine petty bourgeois style. Rompicollo was premiered in 1928 in Milan, and was translated into German as Das große Rennen ("The Big Race").

Birth and Death Data: Born May 6th, 1886 (Campo nell'Elba), Died August 11th, 1946 (Milan)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1931

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CVE-40069 12-in. 10/10/1927 Addio, colomba Sandro Benelli ; Dora Domar ; Maestri cantori di Firenze Mixed vocal chorus and soloist, with piano composer  
Gramophone 0M108 10-in. 09/28/1931 Io ti voglio baciare Daniele Serra Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pietri, Giuseppe," accessed October 18, 2021,

Pietri, Giuseppe. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 18, 2021, from

"Pietri, Giuseppe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 October 2021.

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