Friday 5 April 2013

Paolo Tosti, 1846–1916 (composer, music teacher)

* Italian-British composer, Sir Paolo Tosti, born at "four in the monring," had melodic Venus in Pisces on his Ascendant.

Sir Paolo Tosti (April 9, 1846 – December 2, 1916) was an Italian, later British, composer and music teacher.

Tosti is remembered for his light, expressive songs, which are characterized by natural, singable melodies and sweet sentimentality. He is also known for his editions of Italian folk songs entitled "Canti popolari Abruzzesi".

His style became very popular during the Belle Époque and is often known as salon music. His most famous works are Serenata (lyrics: Cesareo), Good-bye! (lyrics: George J. Whyte-Melville) which is sometimes performed in Italian as Addio (lyrics: Rizzelli), and the popular Neapolitan song, Marechiare, the lyrics of which are by the prominent Neapolitan dialect poet, Salvatore Di Giacomo. Malia, Ancora and Non t'amo piu were and remain popular concert pieces.

Tosti wrote well for the voice, allowing, indeed encouraging, interpretation and embellishment from operatic singers. Most artists, therefore, specializing in the classical Italian repertoire have performed and recorded Tosti songs; yet Tosti never composed opera. Notable examples on record include Alessandro Moreschi (the only castrato who ever recorded) singing "Ideale", Mattia Battistini singing "Ancora", Nellie Melba singing "Mattinata" and Jussi Björling singing "L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra"

Read more from his Wikipedia biography.


"Tosti is remembered for his light, expressive songs, which are characterized by natural, singable melodies and sweet sentimentality." Sounds like melodic Venus in sentimental Pisces very close to the Ascendant in the expressive 1st House!


BIRTH DATA: 9 April 1846, 04:00 (4:00 a.m.) LMT (-0:57:36), Ortona, Italy (42n21, 14e24). ASC: 7 Pisces. RR=AA (birth certificate quoted in a biography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield (c) quotes Francesco Sanvitale and Andreina Manzo, Francesco Paolo Tosti, 1846-1916: The Song of a Life (Ashgate, 2004), p. 1: "Francesco Paolo Tosti was born at four in the morning on 9 April 1846 in his father Giuseppe's house, in the main square of Ortona, a small town in the province of Chieti, on the Adriatic coast in central Italy."

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