Ennio Bolognini papers

Ennio Bolognini papers

Dates: 1847-1979

Collection contains scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, letters, personal papers, membership cards, sketches, ephemera, fliers, programs, scores, photographs, and other materials relating to Ennio Bolognini's musical career, 1847-1979.

  • Extent: 5 cartons (5 linear ft.). -- 1 oversize box (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Bolognini, Ennio, 1893-1979
  • Call Number: MSS 7856
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Music Special Collections; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open to public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English and Spanish.
The collection has retained its original order.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Ennio Bolognini papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7856; Ennio Bolognini papers; LDS Music Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7856, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Dorothy (Barber) Bolognini in 1986.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Dorothy (Barber) Bolognini; 1986.
Subject Terms
Bolognini, Ennio, 1893-1979; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Music; Violoncellists
Genre / Form
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Letters; Photographs; Scores
Processing Information
Processed; Elizabeth West; May 2011.
Appraisal Information
Noteworthy LDS composer (Section IV. LDS Music Archives Collection Development Policy January 2011).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Bolognini (Ennio) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth West
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-03-07T09:33-0700
Finding Aid Language
Biographical Info:

Biographical history

Ennio Bolognini (1893-1979) was a prominent cellist.

Ennio Bolognini was born in 1893 in Buenos Aires. His father was an amateur cellist and a close friend of the conductor Toscannini, who became Ennio's godfather. Bolognini started his musical studies with his father and then with Jose Garcia. When he was fifteen he won first prize in a Spanish/American cello contest, and was awarded a cello made by Luigi Rovatti. While still a teenager he had the opportunity to perform "The Swan," with Saint-Saens himself at the piano; and the Richard Strauss cello sonata, also with the composer.

In 1923 Bolognini immigrated to the United States. Apart from his talent as a cellist, he was an excellent guitarist, a champion boxer, and a licensed airplane pilot. He flew his own private plane, and was once a professional stunt flyer. He co-founded the American Civil Air Patrol, and trained cadets to fly B-29 bombers in World War II. He was principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony. He moved to Las Vegas in 1951 and founded the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra. Casals praised Bolognini as the greatest cello talent he had ever heard in his life. Feuermann said that Bolognini was a better cellist than Casals, Piatigorsky or himself.

Ennio Bolognini died in 1979.

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