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Giuseppe Creatore

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Giuseppe Creatore

Biography

Giuseppe Creatore (21 June 1971, Naples, Italy – 15 August 1952, New York City) was an Italian-American composer and conductor.

Creatore studied at the Royal Conservatory and, at the age of 17, he was conductor of the municipal band in Naples. A fine trombonist, he performed with several other bands in Italy.

He came to the United States in 1900 as a member of an Italian band which was on tour. Returning to Italy in 1902, he recruited musicians for a band which was to become the legendary group known as Creatore's Band. The band made annual tours of the United States and Canada until the mid-1930’s, except for a period during World War I.

Creatore also formed an operatic company in 1918, and this group functioned for five seasons. In 1936, he conducted a Works Progress Administration (WPA) orchestra called the New York City Symphonic Orchestra. In 1937, he led the New York State Symphonic Band, also sponsored by the WPA.

He did guest-conducting well into the 1940s, and his last public appearance was at the age of 75 in New York City.

Creatore was a flamboyant, emotionally-charged conductor. He was renowned for his interpretation of Italian operatic selections. He conducted with his hair flying and his body swaying, literally mesmerizing his audiences. His band made many 78 rpm recordings, some acoustic and some electric, which have become collectors' items. He lived in New York City. The colorful March Electric is perhaps his best known work.


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