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Di Bonaventura, Mario, 1924-2017



  • Existence: 1924 - 2017


Mario di Bonaventura (born February 20, 1924, Follansbee, WV, died December 17, 2017, New York, NY) studied violin as a youth and then travelled to Paris to become a pupil of Nadia Boulanger and Luigi Dallapiccola in composition and Igor Markevitch in conducting. He was music director of the Ft. Lauderdale Symphony Orchestra (1959-1962); then taught at Dartmouth College (1962-1974), where he served as director of its Hopkins Center Congregation of the Arts, a summer contemporary music festival (1963-1970). After serving as vice-president and director of publications at G. Schirmer/Associated Music Publishers (1974-1979), he was director of the Boston University School of Music (1980-1982). He conducted over 70 orchestras, gave over 100 world premieres and was known as a foremost authority on 20th century music. He championed new music, commissioned many important works, and enjoyed long collaborations with legendary composers, Lutoslawski, Berio, Henze, Krenek and Ligeti.

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Mario di Bonaventura papers and music scores

Identifier: di Bonaventura

The Mario di Bonaventura papers and scores collection consists of correspondence, notes and other papers, programs, sound recordings, marked conducting scores, published scores and books, and music manuscript scores in di Bonaventura’s possession. A small collection of materials related to Italian composer Luciana Berio are also found within this collection.

Dates: 1872 - 2010; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1990