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Cecilia Seghizzi (5 September 1908 – 22 November 2019)[1][2] was an Italian composer, painter and teacher.[3][4]

Cecilia Seghizzi
Born(1908-09-05)5 September 1908
Died22 November 2019(2019-11-22) (aged 111)
Gorizia, Italy
  • Composer
  • Painter
  • Teacher


Cecilia Seghizzi was the daughter of composer and choirmaster Augusto Cesare Seghizzi [it] (19 January 1873 – 5 January 1933),[5] one of Italy's most popular composers. After coming back to Italy after being exiled to the refugee camp of Wagna in Austria during World War I, Cecilia began studying the violin with Alfredo Lucarini and graduated with honors from the Conservatory "G. Verdi" in Milan. In her thirties she alternated between concerts and teaching in middle school and music school.[3]

She began in the meantime to devote herself to composition, completing her studies with a diploma from the conservatory "Tartini" in Trieste under the guidance of Vito Levi. In her fifties she founded and managed the complex Gorizia polyphonic, with which she won first prize at the national polyphonic competition in Brescia. The recognition from this got her a series of concerts and recordings for major venues both at home and abroad. She lived the rest of her life in Gorizia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia.[citation needed]


Her music catalog included more than 130 compositions, among which many are choral music. It is in choral music that she used sonorities and driving rhythms, humorous and light swings the most. In this her work is similar to that of Alfredo Casella, Paul Hindemith, and Giulio Viozzi. Her style, very conservative, is linked to neo-classicism, and has had no trace of the innovations introduced by avant-garde music since the 1930s.

Personal lifeEdit

On 5 September 2018, she became a supercentenarian upon celebrating her 110th birthday.[6]

Selected worksEdit

  • Sonata for Oboe and Piano (1963)
  • By night flute, soprano and piano (1979)
  • Concertino for horn and strings (1981)
  • Divertimento for violin and piano (1982)
  • Waltz for flute and piano (1984)


  1. ^ Cohen, Aaron I. (1987). "SEGHIZZI, Cecilia". International encyclopedia of women composers. 2. Books & Music USA. p. 631.
  2. ^ Morta nella notte Cecilia Seghizzi: aveva 111 anni (in Italian)
  3. ^ a b Blas, di Marco Di; Gily, di Chiara; Legambiente, di; Tolusso, di Mary B.; Park, di AREA Science; Brusaferro, di Micol; Calicanto, di Associazione; Amenduni, di Dino; Bettini, di Rossana; Martinelli, di Carlo; Clarich, di Lorenzo; Buffa, di Pier Vittorio; Canziani, di Roberto (19 December 2016). "Cecilia Seghizzi a 108 anni ha aperto una mostra - Cronaca". Il Piccolo (in Italian). Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  4. ^ "A Cecilia Seghizzi gli auguri di Gorizia" (in Italian). Il Piccolo. 2018-09-07. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  5. ^ Luigi Dallapiccola nel suo secolo
  6. ^ Feresin, Vanni (5 September 2018). "Auguri, professoressa" [Congratulations, Madam Professor]. I Magazine (in Italian). Retrieved 15 July 2019.