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Amilcare Ponchielli

Composer

Born in 1834 in Cremona, Italy, Amilcare Ponchielli was director of the Banda Nazionale in Piacenza. He is known primarily for his operas, his most famous being La Giaconda. He was an influential teacher and his students included Puccini, Mascagni, and Leoncavallo. (WMT)

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