Priamo Gallisay

Priamo Gallisay

Priamo Gallisay is the musician of the Nuoro’s Belle Époque. This cultured and bohemian artist, who fell into oblivion after his death in 1930, was the prodigal son of the wealthy bourgeois Don Gavino, and the brother of the master-politician Menotti – who were even recalled by Salvatore Satta in his Il giorno del giudizio (1977). Gallisay played an absolutely singular role in the “Athens of Sardinia”, given his direct and professional relationships with the most important exponents of that vibrant cultural milieu – above all Grazia Deledda, Antonio Ballero and Pasquale Dessanay – and the variety and richness of his compositional work, which was the result of his academic studies, travels and continuous study. He was so intuitive and ambitious that he wanted to turn Ballero’s novel Don Zua (1894) into the opera Rossella (1897), and he was later so disappointed and marked by the harshness of critics (against the music and Dessanay‘s libretto) that he decided to withdraw from the scene. However, Gallisay is still a real trailblazer in his field, especially in the environment in which he chose to express himself. The Nuoro’s Polifonica still bears his name and a biography of him, written by Michele Pintore, will be released soon.

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