Manente, Latina

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Giuseppe Manente was an Italian composer, conductor and trumpeter and was the director of the Civic Band of Sorrento. The Latina, Marcia sinfonica, op. 380, is a fine march in the Italian tradition.

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Giuseppe Manente (1867–1941)
Marcia sinfonica,
op. 380
Modern edition by Giuseppe Sirna

Duration: 5:00
Difficulty: Grade 4
Instrumentation: Concert Band
Year: 1928

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Giuseppe Manente (1867–1941) was an Italian composer, orchestra conductor and trumpeter. Manente received his first musical education from Father Liborio, director of the Civic Band of Sorrento and the Ganglionesi Band of Music. At the latter band he became a trumpeter and then studied instrumental practice with Domenico Gatti and harmony, counterpoint and composition with G. Guarro and Camillo De Nardis at the Conservatory of St. Peter at Majella in Naples. He also studied at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid with Emilio Serrano and later at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome with Cesare De Santis.

In 1889 Manente won the competition sponsored by the Capomusica’s 60th Infantry Regiment in Novara, where he participated in concerts at the Torino National Exhibition in 1900. In 1902 he directed the orchestra of the Royal Palace in Turin in a concert of his own compositions, in the presence of King Vittorio Emanuele III and the royal family. In 1905 he became Capomusica of the band of the 3rd Infantry Regiment in Pistoia. He also directed the 43rd Infantry Regiment. In 1910, at the request of the Ministry of Defense, he composed the Musical Fragments for the Use of the Line Infantry Regiment Gymnastics. Also at the request of the ministry he was appointed Capomusica band of the 2nd Regiment of Granatieri in Rome in 1911, with which in 1918 he held a series of concerts in New York. In the same year, with the band, he was also in Paris, London and Brussels, attending the celebrations of the end of World War I.

In 1921 he was called to Egypt by King Fouad I to direct the band of the Royal Guards, a post he held until 1924, the year in which he won the post of director of the newly formed Guardia di Finanza Band, which debuted under his leadership on 25 April 1925, with a concert at Piazza Colonna in Rome.

In addition to military groups, he was also director of civic bands, including those of Lucca, Pescia and Montecatini Terme. He was artistic director of Adolfo Lapini’s editions in Florence and a critic for music magazines such as Il Plettro of Milan, Mandolinist Life of Bologna and L’Estudiantina of Paris.

He composed and transcribed more than 800 works for band, including military marches, symphonic, funeral and religious works, characteristic pieces, symphonies etc. He composed the music for an act The Regatta and the operetta The Swan Paradise. He was also the composer of chamber music, vocal music, songs for voice and mandolin, and more than a hundred compositions for string and pinch instruments (much in vogue at the time). His compositions for piano orchestra are still very much performed in Japan.

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