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Virgilio Savona

Antonio Virgilio Savona 21 December 1919 – 27 August 2009 was an Italian composer, arranger, and singer in the Italian vocal group, the Quartetto Cetra


Savona was born at Palermo, Italy His artistic career started very early In 1926, aged 6, he began studying music Two years later, he joined a choir and at the age of 10, he debuted in a radio broadcast playing a piece on a piano during a children's program

After high-school, Savona enrolled at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome to study piano

In 1941, he replaced Iacopo Jacomelli in a vocal quartet called Quartetto Egie The group changed name to Quartetto Ritmo at first, then to Quartetto Cetra one year later

On 19 August 1944 Virgilio Savona married the singer Lucia Mannucci, who later joined Quartetto Cetra to replace Enrico De Angelis, who left the group in 1947

Besides singing, Savona composed and arranged for the group He wrote the music while Tata Giacobetti, also a member of the quartet, wrote the lyrics They collaborated for four decades and produced hundreds of songs which made up Quartetto Cetra's vast repertoire

Savona composed music and wrote scripts for radio and TV programs, stage shows and films During the 1970s, he was active as pianist, orchestra conductor, arranger and producer He extensively researched on folk songs In 1971, he wrote Angela, a song for Angela Davis, Afro-American communist leader, innocent in prison at this time In 70s, he published also other controversial songs, as Il testamento del parroco Meslier "The Testament of Parson Meslier", a violent attack on power and religion, based on the Testament of the priest and illuminist atheist philosopher Jean Meslier

In 1991, he wrote a popup book about Quartetto Cetra, published by Sperling & Kupfer in the Supersound collection

He died in Milan in 2009 from complications of Parkinson's disease


  1. ^ Mario Luzzatto Fegiz, Corriere della Sera 29 August 2009 Addio a Virgilio Savona, ideologo del Quartetto Cetra Retrieved 13 December 2012

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