Some months ago the Music Committee delegated the appointment of leader of the orchestra to one of the most competent authorities in Australia, who, after considerable negotiation, has engaged the services of Signor Rafaelo Squariae, who has for years been regarded as the principal violin soloist in South Australia. The Committee are advised that Signor Squarise is an artist of exceptional talent, exactly qualified for the position he is to hold here, and they are congratulated ou being so fortunate as to secure him. Referring to the new leader, Mr George E. Logan, in his work ‘ Notable South Australians,’ says:— Signor Bafaelo Squarise is a native of Vicenza, Italy, where he was born November 13, 1856. At the age of thirteen lie was placed in the School of Music in his native town, and commenced the study of the violin in the bow department. In 1870 he entered the Musical Academy of Turin, where he remained six years, during which time he obtained a diploma as violin instructor, and assisted in the orchestra of the Royal Theatre in that town. In 1876 he returned to Vicenza, and studied harmony and composition for two years under the celebrated maestro Cannetti. In January, 1878, he was conductor of a band in Contarina, but had to resign the position in consequence of ill-health. From 1879 until August, 1881, he conducted the orchestra and braes band at Arzlgnano, in Italy. Arrived in Melbourne, Victoria, in August, 1882, and accepted engagement with tho "Williamson, Garner, and Musgrove Opera Company, as leader of their orchestra. Was also leader of the orchestra of the Cagli and Paoli Opera Company at tho Theatre Royal, Melbourne, until the company was dissolved, when be went to Adelaide. Finding inducements to follow his profession in that city Signor Squarise established himself as a teacher of the violin, and within six months of arrival brought together a strong combination of talented musical artists, now well known as the “Squarise Band,” Of this he is still conductor, and on all sides he has gained enconiums from the Press and the public. He is also leader of the orchestra at the Academy of Music. His Excellency the Governor has recognised Signor Squatise’s ability as a musical instructor by placing his daughter under his tuition, and several of the best families in Adelaide have accorded their patronage in a like manner. The ‘S.A, Register’of Decembers, 1884, thus speaks of Signor Squariee’s talent as a composer “ The facility in composition cf Signor Squarise, the violinist and band conductor, is well known in Adelaide, although his residence here has been but brief. Violin concertos, played by himself on a single string, caprices for the pianoforte, waltzes, dramatic compositions like ‘ The Battle of Sedan,’ not to mention arrangements of operatic selections for his brass band, have proceeded from his pen in a manner which does credit alike to his industry and his musical taste. His last composition is an ‘ Ave Maria,’ and was sung for tho first time publicly at the morning service at the Roman Catholic Cathedral on Sunday. It was really a fine composition. The somewhat novel effect in a church of a harp obligato was introduced, the harmony being filled in by the organ. The composition was so well worth hearing that it is to bo hoped it will form an item on a concert programme at no distant date.” Signor Squarise is at present engaged in composing an English grand opera, entitled ‘ The Magic Dice,’ in conjunction with Mr Rudolph Menz,
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EXHIBITION NOTES., Evening Star, Issue 8003, 4 September 1889
EXHIBITION NOTES. Evening Star, Issue 8003, 4 September 1889
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