Vittorio Giannini (born 19 October 1903 in Philadelphia, PA; died 28 November 1966 in New York City, NY) was an American composer and attended the Milan Conservatory (1913-17). He studied violin with Hans Letz and compositon with Rubin Goldmark at The Juilliard School in New York. Giannini taught at Juilliard (1939-41), New York’s Manhattan School of Music (1941-56), and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1956-65). Giannini also was 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
- Walter G. Simmons. "Giannini, Vittorio." In Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online - accessed September 6, 2010