Luigi Denza, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Luigi Denza

Italian composer

Date of Birth: 23-Feb-1846

Place of Birth: Castellammare di Stabia, Campania, Italy

Date of Death: 26-Jan-1922

Profession: composer, music pedagogue, mandolinist

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Luigi Denza

  • Luigi Denza (24 February 1846 in Castellammare di Stabia – 27 January 1922 in London) was an Italian composer.
  • Denza was born at Castellammare di Stabia, near Naples.
  • He studied music under Saverio Mercadante and Paolo Serrao at the Naples Conservatory.
  • In 1884 he moved to London, taught singing and became a professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music in 1898.Denza is best remembered for "Funiculì, FuniculĂ " (1880), a humorous Neapolitan song inspired by the inauguration of a funicular at the summit of Vesuvius.
  • Neapolitan journalist Peppino Turco contributed the lyrics and may have prompted the song by suggesting that Denza compose something for the Piedigrotta song-writing competition.
  • "Funiculì, FuniculĂ " was published the same year by Ricordi and within a year had sold a million copies. In addition to "Funiculì, FuniculĂ ", Denza composed hundreds of popular songs.
  • Some of them, such as "Luna fedel", "Occhi di fata", and "Se", have been sung by Enrico Caruso, Mario Lanza, Carlo Bergonzi, Luciano Pavarotti, and Ronan Tynan.
  • He was also an able mandolinist and guitarist, and for these instruments he wrote such compositions as "Ricordo di Quisisana", "Come to me", "Nocturne", and several others.
  • Denza also wrote an opera, Wallenstein (1876).

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