BY GIULIO CONFALONIERI
Giulio Confalonieri (1896-1972) was a pianist, composer and first-rate musicologist; during his long career, he distinguished himself as one of the most important and representative music critics of the 20th century. Born and resident in Milan, he was a pupil of Ettore Pozzoli and, in Paris, of Paul Dukas, and he was active in various fields – among others, as director of La Scala’s school for singers, where many future celebrities were trained, and as the author of a highly successful history of music. For many years he was the wise, perceptive critic for Il Giorno, a daily newspaper, and for the weekly Epoca. For the Società del Quartetto, Confalonieri wrote program notes for a decade, from 1953 to 1963, and from these writings the Quartetto published a volume titled The Minute Before You Listen (1976). The essay reprinted below, which engagingly recounts a century of historical and social changes in Milan and in Italy, was the preface to One Hundred Years of Concerts of the Società del Concerto di Milano, a book published in 1965 to close the year (1964) in which we celebrated our Society’s centenary.