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Ennio Bolognini Musical Score and Personal Papers Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SC 0013

Abstract

Ennio Bolognini (1893-1979) was an Argentine-born cellist, composer, conductor, pilot, and professional boxer. Bolognini began studying cello performance with his father (Egidio Bolognini), completing his education with Jose Garca at the St. Celicia Conservatory in Buenos Aires. He debuted as a soloist at twelve years of age, winning the Luigi Rovatti cello (presently in thecollection of the Smithsonian) at an Ibero-American International competition. Bolognini was awarded an honorary doctorate of music by the University of Buenos Aires in 1921, and spent two years conducting in Chile before immigrating to the United States.

Bolognini served as principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1929 to 1930. Later, he enjoyed a successful career as a soloist in the night club scene, as well as performing in major music festivals such as Ravinia. In 1951, he moved to Las Vegas, performing in casino orchestras and founding the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra in 1963. Within the course of his career, Bolognini composed several pieces for cello, six of which are dedicated to noted cellist Christine Walewska, one of his students.

Dates

  • 1893 - 1979

Creator

Biographical or Historical Information

Ennio Bolognini (1893-1979) was an Argentine-born cellist, composer, conductor, pilot, and professional boxer. Referred by Pablo Casals as "The greatest cello talent I ever heard in my life, Bolognini began studying cello performance with his father (Egidio Bolognini), completing his education with Jose Garcia at the St. Celicia Conservatory in Buenos Aires. He debuted as a soloist at twelve years of age, winning the Luigi Rovatti cello (presently in the collection of the Smithsonian) at an Ibero-American International competition. Bolognini was awarded an honorary doctorate of music by the University of Buenos Aires in 1921, and spent two years conducting in Chile before immigrating to the United States.

Bolognini moved to the States to serve as the sparring partner boxer Luis Firpo to prepare Firpo for his match with Jack Dempsey. Bolognini had been welter-weight champion of South America in the past. In addition to music and boxing, he was also an avid pilot, cofounding the Civil Air Patrol, the civilian auxiliary of the United State Air Force during World War II. Bolognini was responsible for training cadets to fly B-29 bombers. He was known to be extremely proud of his talent in flying, honored to be a member of the elite "Quiet Birdmen" pilot's organization.

Bolognini served as principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1929 to 1930, when a dispute made him quit the orchestra. After leaving, he enjoyed a successful career as a soloist in the night club scene, as well as performing in major music festivals such as Ravinia. In 1951, he moved to Las Vegas, performing in casino orchestras and founding the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra in 1963. Within the course of his career, Bolognini composed seven pieces for cello, six of which are dedicated to noted cellist Christine Walewska, one of his students.

Extent

31.50 Linear Feet (18 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement Note

The collection is divided into two series, sheet music and personal papers. The series are divided into the following sub-series: Series 1: Sheet Music Sub-Series 1: Manuscript Compositions by Bolognini Sub-Series 2: Manuscript Compositions in Bolognini's Hand Not Composed by Bolognini Sub-Series 3: Manuscripts in a Hand Other Than Bolognini Sub-Series 4: Published Pieces Series 2: Personal Papers Sub-Series 1: Biographic Information Sub-Series 2: Correspondence Sub-Series 3: Concert Programs Sub-Series 4: Newspaper Clippings Sub-Series 5: Journals/Magazines Sub-Series 6: Materials Relating to Christine Walevska Sub-Series 7: Miscellaneous Materials Sub-Series 8: Photograph Sub-Series 9: Artifacts

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Title
Ennio Bolognini Musical Score and Personal Papers Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Zadia Earl and Stacey Krim
Date
06/29/2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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