Vittorio Giannini (19 October 1903, Philadelphia, Pa. – 28 November 1966, New York City, N.Y.) was an American composer.
Giannini attended the Milan Conservatory from 1913 to 1917. He studied violin with Hans Letz and composition with Rubin Goldmark at The Juilliard School in New York. Giannini taught at Juilliard from 1939 to 1941, New York’s Manhattan School of Music from 1941 to 1956, and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia from 1956 to 1965. Giannini was also the first director of the North Carolina School for the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC, beginning in 1965.
As a composer, Giannini won three consecutive Prix de Rome. His technique was late romantic style coupled with an Italianate vocal style. In the late 1940s, he moved toward a lighter neo-classical style and his later years were characterized by more intense romanticism marked by greater dissonance and tonal freedom. His students include David Amram, John Corigliano, Nicolas Flagello, Adolphus Hailstork, and Alfred Reed.
Works for Winds
- Dedication Overture (1965)
- Fantasia for Band (1963)
- Praeludium and Allegro (1959)
- Symphony No. 3 (1958/1961)
- Variations and Fugue (1967)
- Goza, David. Vittorio Giannini's Fantasia for Band: A Synopsis and Conductor/Performer's Guide
- Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 725.
- Naxos Biography for Giannini
- Vittorio Giannini. Wikipedia. Accessed 5 September 2022
- Walter G. Simmons. "Giannini, Vittorio." In Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online - accessed September 6, 2010