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Silvio Vittore Alberto Scionti was born on November 20, 1882, in Acireale, Sicily, in Italy. In his early years, he studied piano with his uncle, and later studied with Beniamino Cesi at the Palermo Conservatory, and with Florestano Rossomandi at the Royal Conservatory of Naples. Scionti moved to Chicago on the invitation of Rossomandi's friend Enrico Sansoni, a violinist who wanted to start a music school. Another mutual friend of Rossomandi, Eugen d'Albert, recommended Scionti to John James Hattstaedt of the American Conservatory, and Scionti joined their faculty in 1906. Scionti became a well known concert pianist and teacher, and recorded several piano rolls. He married Isabel Laughlin, a former student who graduated from Baylor University, and moved to Chicago to study with him, and they became a renowned piano duo, performing at Carnegie Hall in 1938 and 1939. The Sciontis relocated to Denton in the early 1940s, as Silvio Scionti joined the music faculty of what is now the University of North Texas. Silvio Scionti died in Rome on May 22, 1973.
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The collection consists of one box of scores and manuscripts, both published and unpublished, programs, newspaper clippings, and photographs related to the careers of Silvio and Isabel Scionti.
With added section bound in, cover letter from composer
Second manuscript, smaller pages marked "III" enclosed.
Two looseleaf pages enclosed
composed 1937, arranged 1943
"Freely transcribed for two pianos by Erelyn Berckman."
"Chicago, Dec. 1928 - Feb. 1929"
Copies of pages from Mozart's K. 365 (E.E. 3830) found within.
Unclear whether written by Silvio or Isabel Scionti.
1. 2 pianos, "Con fueco [sic]. 2 No title, two pianos. 3. Sketch, orchestra/piano (1 leaf) 4. Fantasie : Allegro moderato (1 leaf). 4. Prin. Theme (1 leaf) 5. No title, cantabile
Score for two pianos.
Pages numbered with roman numerals.
Score for two pianos and strings. Manuscript by Saar.
Score for string orchestra. Manuscript by Saar.
Score for piano duo, prob. from a Saar manuscript.
Taken in a Chicago studio, labeled as work of "Maurice."
Order slip attached to back of photo indicates a Dallas photo studio.