Busoni, Ferruccio

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Busoni, Ferruccio Gender: M
Ferruccio Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto Busoni
born on 1 April 1866 at 10:30 (= 10:30 AM )
Place Empoli, Italy, 43n43, 10e57
Timezone LMT m10e57 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Lescaut
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 11°27' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 24°48 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 10°10'

Ferruccio Busoni


Italian composer, pianist, and teacher who wrote five operas and many exceptional works such as the Pianoforte Concerto in five movements, 1903-1904. Some of his best works were written in 1890-1905, including the Violin Sonata, and the Comedy Overture, 1897.

Busoni's father, Ferdinando, was a clarinet player of reckless and unreliable character, as well as a severe taskmaster. Along with Busoni's mother, Anna Weiss, Ferdinando taught the young child, who traveled with his parents in southern Austria. His early childhood was spent with his grandfather at Trieste, making his first appearance as a pianist at age seven, and composing at age nine. He was a member of the Academy of Bologna at 15.

In his youth, Busoni had been a voluminous composer, publishing large quantities of musical works. In 1889, he became a pianoforte teacher at the Conservatory in Helsingfors, and as a pianist, had few equals. He went to America in 1891, to teach at the New England Conservatory, then returned to settle in Berlin, in 1894. He accepted the directorship of the Liceo Rossini at Bologna, 1913, which was a disappointment for his career. Busoni sailed for America again, in 1915, but returned to Europe after nine months. He produced the two operas, Arrlechino and Turandot, 11 May 1917, at Zurich, and went to London and Paris after the war was over. By this time he was broken in health, and returned to Berlin in 1920. His pupil, Philipp Jarnach, completed the last opera, Doctor Faust. It was first produced at Dresden on 21 May 1925.

Busoni was a thinker and philosopher, whose pupils considered him kind and thoughtful. He had a warmly compassionate temperament, and uncontainable humor.

He met Gerda Sjostrand, the daughter of a Swedish sculptor, in 1889 and they married the following year. They lived together for 34 years of marital happiness. Busoni died of kidney disease on 27 June 1924, aged 58, in Berlin, Germany.

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  • Social : Joined group 1888 (Became a member of Academy of Bologna, age 15)
  • Work : New Job 1889 (Pianoforte teacher)
  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 1889 (Gerda Sjostrand)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1890 (To Gerda)
  • Family : Change residence 1891 (Moved to America)
  • Family : Change residence 1894 (Returned to Berlin)
  • Work : New Career 1913 (Music director)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 11 May 1917 (Release of two operas)
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  • Family : Change residence 1920 (Returned to Berlin, poor health)
  • Death by Disease 27 June 1924 (Kidney disease, age 58)
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Source Notes

Lescaut quotes Barbault for B.C. Andre Barbault in personal correspondence with LMR May 2001 confirms the data as B.C.

Sy Scholfield quotes from L'Approdo Musicale, Issues 22-24 (1966): "registro anagrafico del Comune di Empoli , con la denuncia della nascita di Ferruccio Busoni , il 1° aprile 1866.... presentato un infante di sesso mascolino che dichiara essere nato nel giorno primo aprile corrente alle ore dicci e mezzo antimeridiane da sua Moglie Anna di Giuseppe Ferdinando Weiss di anni trentadue..."

Translation: registry of the Municipality of Empoli, the notification of the birth of Ferruccio Busoni, on 1 April 1866... presented an infant of masculine sex who is declared to have been born on the first day of April at half past ten in the morning by his wife Anna, daughter of Giuseppe Ferdinando Weiss of thirty-two years ...


  • Traits : Mind : Child prodigy (Performing at seven, composing at nine)
  • Traits : Personality : Humorous, Witty
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Kidney (Disease, terminal)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (34 years to Gerda)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Many moves
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger (Composer, operas, sonatas)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Dancer/ Teacher (Teacher)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Piano, pianoforte)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Music teacher (Pianoforte)