Famous Italian Composers

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Find out more about the greatest Italian Composers, including Ennio Morricone, Antonio Vivaldi, Ludovico Einaudi, Giuseppe Verdi and Giorgio Moroder.
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Ennio Morricone
(One of the Greatest Film Composers of All Time)
Ennio Morricone
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Birthdate: November 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: July 6, 2020

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest film composers, Ennio Morricone was an Italian composer, orchestrator and conductor who scored music for over 500 films in his career spanning seven decades. Morricone covered a wide range of music styles and is best known for scores in the Dollar Trilogy and Once Upon a Time in the West.

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Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
(Baroque Composer & Virtuoso Violinist Known for His Violin Concertos 'The Four Seasons')
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
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Birthdate: March 4, 1678
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: July 28, 1741

Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, and teacher, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, is regarded as one of the greatest Baroque composers. He was extremely popular during his lifetime and composed many instrumental concertos and operas. He was also a Roman Catholic priest and worked at a home for abandoned children. Even though he died in 1741, his music continues to be popular.

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Giuseppe Verdi
(One of the Greatest Opera Composers of the 19th Century)
Giuseppe Verdi
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Birthdate: October 10, 1813
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Le Roncole, Italy
Died: January 27, 1901

Legendary Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi is best remembered for his masterpieces such as Requiem, Rigoletto, Falstaff, and Otello. He was also briefly associated with the Risorgimento movement meant to unify Italy and thus composed many choruses reflecting the spirit. He was inspired by composers such as Bellini and Donizetti.

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Giacomo Puccini
(Italian Composer Known for His Works ‘La Bohème’, ‘Tosca’ and ‘Madama Butterfly’)
Giacomo Puccini
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Birthdate: December 22, 1858
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lucca, Italy
Died: November 29, 1924

Born into a musical dynasty, composer Giacomo Puccini lost his father at age 5. Some of his best opera pieces include Madama Butterfly and La Bohème. The suicide of his maid, who was wrongly accused by his wife of being in an affair with him, affected his later career adversely.

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Gioachino Rossini
(Italian composer Best Known for His Operas: ‘The Barber of Seville’, ‘La Cenerentola’ and ‘Semiramide’)
Gioachino Rossini
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Birthdate: February 29, 1792
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pesaro, Italy
Died: November 13, 1868

Gioachino Rossini was an Italian composer best remembered for composing 39 operas before retiring at the peak of his popularity when he was still in his 30s. Such is his influence on modern-day virtuosi that many of them have created piano fantasies or transcriptions based on Gioachino Rossini's melodies.  

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Ludovico Einaudi
(Italian Pianist and Composer Known for His Albums ‘I Giorni’, ‘Nightbook’ and ‘In a Time Lapse’)
Ludovico Einaudi
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Birthdate: November 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turin, Italy

Ludovico Einaudi is an Italian composer and pianist. Although he started his career as a classical musician, Einaudi began incorporating other genres like rock, folk, and pop later in his career. Apart from composing studio and live albums, Ludovico Einaudi also composes the scores for films and TV series. His work in the filn Acquario earned him the prestigious Grolla d'oro award.

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Antonio Salieri
(Composer, Conductor)
Antonio Salieri
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Birthdate: August 18, 1750
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Legnago, Italy
Died: May 7, 1825

Antonio Salieri was an Italian classical composer, conductor, and teacher considered a key figure in the development of late 18th-century opera. He was a protégé of eminent composer Christoph Willibald Gluck. For several years, he served as the director of the Italian opera by the Habsburg court. His works were performed widely across Europe during his lifetime. 

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Niccolo Paganini
(Italian Violinist and Composer Best Known for His Work '24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1')
Niccolo Paganini
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Birthdate: October 27, 1782
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Genoa
Died: May 27, 1840
Italian multi-instrumentalist and composer Niccolò Paganini established himself as one of the key figures of modern violin technique. Son of a trader-turned-street musician, he started his stint with music by learning to play the mandolin. Some of his most celebrated compositions were the 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1.
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Claudio Monteverdi
(Composer, String player and Choirmaster Who Was a Pioneer in the Development of Opera)
Claudio Monteverdi
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Birthdate: May 9, 1567
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
Died: November 29, 1643

Claudio Monteverdi was an Italian string player, composer, choirmaster, and priest. His pioneering work in the development of opera and his letters, which gives an insight into the life of Italian musicians from the era, makes him a significant historical figure. He is also considered an important transitional figure between the two important periods of music history, Renaissance and Baroque. 

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Roberto Benigni
(Actor who gained international recognition for writing, directing and starring in the Holocaust comedy-drama film Life Is Beautiful (1997))
Roberto Benigni
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Birthdate: October 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manciano, Italy

Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director Roberto Benigni is noted for his comedic-work, which includes writing, directing and starring in the Italian comedy-drama film Life Is Beautiful, which won him an Academy Award for Best International Feature Film and Best Actor, the first for a non-English speaking male performance. Other notable films of Benigni include The Little Devil and Johnny Stecchino.

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Robert Miles
(Best Known for the Internationally Renowned #1 Hit “Children” )
Robert Miles
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Birthdate: November 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fleurier, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Died: May 9, 2017

Italian DJ Roberto Concina, better known as Robert Miles, redefined dream-house music. Born into a military family in Switzerland, he mastered the piano and started DJ-ing as a teen. His chartbusting track Children was inspired by a set of photos taken by his father in war-torn Yugoslavia.

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Adriano Celentano
(Italian Musician, Singer, Composer, Actor, and Filmmaker)
Adriano Celentano
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Birthdate: January 6, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greco, Milan, Italy

Hailed as one of the pillars of Italian music, Adriano Celentano is a celebrated singer-songwriter, whose numerous songs and albums have gained both commercial as well as critical success. Also credited with introducing rock n roll to Italy, he has been dubbed as the flexible one for his powerful dancing. A successful actor, he has appeared in around forty films.

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
(Italian Composer Best-Known as the16th-Century Representative of the 'Roman School of Musical Composition')
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
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Birthdate: 1525 AD
Birthplace: Palestrina, Italy
Died: February 2, 1594

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina was an Italian composer who had a long-lasting influence on the evolution of secular music in Europe. He is also credited with the development of counterpoint. His life and career inspired a 2009 Italian/German music film titled Palestrina - Prince of Music.

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Alfredo Ferrari
(Engineer)
Alfredo Ferrari
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Birthdate: January 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Modena
Died: June 30, 1956
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Carlo Gesualdo
(Composer)
Carlo Gesualdo
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Birthdate: March 8, 1566
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Venosa, Italy
Died: September 8, 1613
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Domenico Scarlatti
(Italian Composer Best Known for His ‘555 Keyboard Sonatas’)
Domenico Scarlatti
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Birthdate: October 26, 1685
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: July 23, 1757

Italian Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti was no stranger to music, being the son of famous composer Alessandro Scarlatti. From being the official composer for the queen of Poland, to teaching music to the princess of Spain and creating 555 keyboard sonatas, the legendary harpsichordist had an illustrious life.

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Nino Rota
(Composer)
Nino Rota
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Birthdate: December 3, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: April 10, 1979
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Miguel Bosé
(Musician, Actor)
Miguel Bosé
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Birthdate: April 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

Miguel Bosé is a Spanish pop new wave musician and actor who has been active in the entertainment industry for five decades. He studied acting, dancing, and singing and began his career as an actor. He eventually forayed into music as well. He is openly gay and is in a long-term relationship with sculptor Ignacio Palau. 

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Vincenzo Bellini
(Italian Opera Composer Known for His Long-Flowing Melodies)
Vincenzo Bellini
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Birthdate: November 3, 1801
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Catania, Italy
Died: September 23, 1835

Italian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini was encouraged to study music by his organist father. Best known for his operas such as The Sleepwalker and Norma, Bellini was named the Swan of Catania. His letters to his friend Francesco Florimo reveal Bellini was known for his womanizing ways, too.

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Arturo Toscanini
(Conductor)
Arturo Toscanini
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Birthdate: March 25, 1867
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Parma, Italy
Died: January 16, 1957
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Christoph Willibald Gluck
(Composer of Italian and French Opera in the Early Classical Period)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
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Birthdate: July 2, 1714
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Erasbach, Germany
Died: November 15, 1787

Composer Christoph Willibald Gluck left home when his father went against his passion for music and pushed him into forestry. He then reached Milan, where he learned Italian instrumental music and later fused Italian and French opera music. His best-known works include Orfeo ed Euridice and La rencontre imprévue.

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Gaetano Donizetti
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Birthdate: November 29, 1797
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bergamo, Italy
Died: April 8, 1848
Nineteenth-century Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti is best remembered for his mastery of the bel canto opera style. While his father wanted him to become a church composer, Donizetti was more interested in theater. He spent his final years in a mental asylum and later died of syphilis.
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Arcangelo Corelli
(Italian Violinist and Composer of Baroque Era Known for His Sonata and Concerto Compositions)
Arcangelo Corelli
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Birthdate: February 17, 1653
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fusignano, Italy
Died: January 8, 1713

Italian composer and violinist Arcangelo Corelli is regarded as a pioneer of the concerto grosso and the sonata. Named after his father who died 5 months before his birth, Corelli rose to be a major figure of Baroque music and became a favorite of priests and the royalty.

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Benny Benassi
(Club DJ, Disc jockey, Musician, Composer, Singer, Record producer)
Benny Benassi
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Birthdate: July 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan
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Luigi Boccherini
(Italian Composer and Cellist of the Classical Era)
Luigi Boccherini
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Birthdate: February 19, 1743
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lucca, Italy
Died: May 28, 1805

Italian-Spanish composer and cellist Luigi Boccherini of Classical era is noted for his influence in developing string quartet as a musical genre. Two of his best-known works include String Quintet in E major, Op. 11, No. 5 (G 275) that became famous for its minuet third movement; and Cello Concerto, No. 9 in B-flat Major, G. 482.

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Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
(Italian Poet, Founder of the 'Futurist Movement' and Author of the First 'Futurist Manifesto')
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
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Birthdate: December 22, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: December 2, 1944

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti was an Italian poet, art theorist, and editor. He is credited with founding the Futurist movement and is remembered for his work Manifesto of Futurism. In 1918, he founded a political party called Futurist Political Party as an extension of the social and futurist artistic movement. The party merged with the Italian Fasces of Combat in 1919.

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Ottorino Respighi
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Birthdate: June 9, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: April 18, 1936
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Tomaso Albinoni
(Composer)
Tomaso Albinoni
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Birthdate: June 8, 1671
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: January 17, 1751
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Lucio Dalla
(Former singer-songwriter who is best known for his original composition)
Lucio Dalla
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Birthdate: March 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: March 1, 2012
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
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Birthdate: January 4, 1710
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Iesi, Italy
Died: March 16, 1736
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Guido of Arezzo
(Italian Pedagogue and Music Theorist Who Invented the Modern Staff Notation)
Guido of Arezzo
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Birthdate: 0991 AD
Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy
Died: 1033 AD

Guido of Arezzo was an Italian pedagogue and music theorist of High medieval music. He is often credited with inventing the modern staff notation, which later gave rise to Western musical notation. Among his treatises, Micrologus, was one of the most widely circulated medieval treatise on music.

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Mantovani
(Musician)
Mantovani
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Birthdate: November 15, 1905
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Venice, Veneto, Italy
Died: March 29, 1980
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Tiziano Ferro
(Singer-songwriter who broke through in 2001 with his international hit single "Perdono")
Tiziano Ferro
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Birthdate: February 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Latina, Italy
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Giuseppe Tartini
(Italian Composer of the Baroque Era Known for His Violin Sonata in G Minor)
Giuseppe Tartini
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Birthdate: April 8, 1692
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Piran, Slovenia
Died: February 26, 1770

Italian violinist Giuseppe Tartini initially studied and also established himself as a skilled fencer. Arrested for marrying an acquaintance of the archbishop of Padua, he fled to a monastery in Assisi, where he got addicted to music, later inventing the difference tone and a theory of harmony.

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Franco Battiato
(Singer-songwriter)
Franco Battiato
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Birthdate: March 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Giarre-Riposto
Died: May 18, 2021
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Luciano Berio
(Italian Composer Noted for His Pioneering Work in Electronic Music)
Luciano Berio
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Birthdate: October 24, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oneglia, Imperia, Italy
Died: May 27, 2003

Luciano Berio revolutionized the genre of electronic music and is remembered as one of the most prominent composers of avant-garde music. The Grammy Award-winning composer had also taught music at Juilliard and Harvard. Initially a pianist, he had deviated to composing after injuring his hand during World War II.

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Alberto Sordi
(Italian Comedian Known for Satirizing His Country's Social Mores in Pungent Black Comedies and Grim Drama)
Alberto Sordi
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Birthdate: June 15, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: February 24, 2003

Alberto Sordi was an Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter, director, singer, composer, and voice actor. Widely regarded as an icon of Italian cinema, Sordi achieved greatness in a career that spanned 70 years! Over the course of his illustrious career, Alberto Sordi won several prestigious awards, including seven David di Donatello and a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement. 

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Giovanni Gabrieli
(Italian Composer, Organist and One of the Most Influential Musicians of His Time)
Giovanni Gabrieli
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Birthdate: 1557 AD
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: 1612 AD

Giovanni Gabrieli was an Italian organist and composer. One of the most popular musicians of his generation, Gabrieli's works were popularized throughout Europe by his association with the prestigious Scuola Grande di San Rocco, where he was appointed as an organist.

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Dario Marianelli
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Birthdate: May 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pisa, Italy
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Lucio Battisti
(Singer-songwriter)
Lucio Battisti
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Birthdate: March 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Poggio Bustone, Italy
Died: November 9, 1998
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Ferruccio Busoni
(Italian Composer, Pianist and Conductor Known for His Works ‘Arlecchino’ and ‘Doktor Faust’)
Ferruccio Busoni
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Birthdate: April 1, 1866
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Empoli, Italy
Died: July 27, 1924

Born to musician parents in Italy, Ferruccio Busoni was a child prodigy, having begun composing at the age of 7. He grew up to be a piano professor in Finland, and his work later took him to Moscow and the U.S. He is remembered for his opera and chamber pieces.

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Muzio Clementi
(Composer)
Muzio Clementi
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Birthdate: January 23, 1752
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 10, 1832
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Pietro Mascagni
(Composer)
Pietro Mascagni
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Birthdate: December 7, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Livorno, Italy
Died: August 2, 1945
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Salvatore Adamo
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Birthdate: November 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Comiso, Italy

Salvatore Adamo is a Belgian-Italian musician, composer, and singer best known for his romantic ballads. He is counted among the world's most commercially successful musicians, having sold more than 20 million singles and 80 million albums. Salvatore Adamo, who performs in multiple languages like French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and English, is currently the highest selling Belgian musician.

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Dave Rodgers
(Songwriter)
Dave Rodgers
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Birthdate: February 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mantua, Italy
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Umberto Tozzi
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Birthdate: March 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
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Nek
(Singer, Composer, Songwriter)
Nek
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Birthdate: January 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sassuolo, Italy
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Alessandro Scarlatti
(Former Baroque composer, known especially for his operas and chamber cantatas)
Alessandro Scarlatti
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Birthdate: May 2, 1660
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
Died: October 22, 1725
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Vittorio De Scalzi
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Birthdate: November 4, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
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Ermal Meta
(Composer)
Ermal Meta
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Birthdate: April 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fier, Albania