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Antonio Bibalo

Born: 1922

Died: 2008

Nationality: Norwegian

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Photo © Erik Berg

The Norwegian composer Antonio Bibalo was born in Italy. After graduating from the Trieste Conservatoire in 1946, he studied with Elisabeth Lutyens in London and later moved to Norway. Bibalo has a large catalogue of orchestral and chamber works, but he is best known for operas such as The Glass Menagerie (1996) and Miss Julie (1975).

Bibalo has written several solo works for piano as well as two piano concertos, two symphonies, a number of works for chamber orchestra, including Autunnale (1968) and The Savage (1983), two wind quintets and one string quartet. Bibalo gave himself no stylistic restrictions and was influenced by serialism, tonality, jazz or other aesthetics as appropriate to his chosen dramatic themes. According to Bibalo himself, the stylistic variation from work to work is an indication of development.

Antonio Bibalo has received many honours acknowledging his great importance for Norwegian musical life. In 1992 he was made a Knight of the Order of St. Olave (1st Class) and the same year he was awarded the Lindeman Prize.

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