Principe Quirino (1935)


Germanist and musicologist (Gorizia 1935). One of the greatest Italian musicologists, he is author of monographs on Mahler and Strauss. Essayist, translator from German of Junger, Jaspers, Horkheimer and Arendt, he edited the Italian edition of Il signore degli anelli di Tolkien for Rusconi. Quirino Principe was born in Gorizia in 1935. He graduated in Philosophy at the University of Padua and settled in Milan, where he combined his interest in music, ancient and medieval culture and German literature with the activity of translator, publishing consultant and teacher of Italian and German literature for composers at the Conservatory "G. Verdi". He published a volume of poems, Il libro dei cinque sentieri (1973), which received favourable criticism from Pier Paolo Pasolini, but above all essays such as La rivoluzione incompiuta sulla cultura letteraria e musicale del Novecento (1974), Vita e morte della scuola (1970) and Manuale di idee per la scuola (1977) and musicology books such as Mahler (1983), Strauss (1983), La Sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini (1991).

He is the author of essays in specialized music magazines and cultural articles in national newspapers ("Repubblica", "Il Sole 24 ore"). Quirino Principe is also known for having proposed to Rusconi Editore in 1970 the publication of the trilogy of J,R,R, Tolkien, Il Signore degli anelli, of whose Italian edition he was the curator and which started also in our country the extraordinary success of Tolkenian opera. [...] Gorizia Principe has always been linked to it. His presence at the annual Central European cultural meetings, of which he was the promoter and founder, is constant: among other things, he presided over the work of the conferences dedicated to Judaism and Mitteleuropa and La Mitteleuropa in the 1920s, taking care of the drafting of the proceedings. He was one of the first people from Gorizia, except for his contemporaries, who had known him personally, to deal with Carlo Michelstaedter, doing so already in 1968, before the constitution of the "Fund" dedicated to the philosopher at the Civic Library and then his "rediscovery" at national and international level. His testimonies relating to the school years of adolescence and youth are not missing in the volumes on the middle school "Vittorio Locchi" and the classical high school "Dante Alighieri". Also the friendship that bound him to Ervino Pocar is symptomatic of the elective affinity between two Gorizians far from Gorizia, who beyond the difference in age could find a common cultural humus and feeling to which the same, hardly definable but certainly real "Gorizianity" was not extraneous.A. Gallarotti. Gorizia in the portraits of Music, Peri e Principe, in "Banca &", n. 19 (1998), p. 10-13. Premio Sant'Ilario e Taziano 2005 with the motivation: "to have honored the name of Gorizia dedicating his life to the many faces of culture and art: from music to the study of foreign languages, from poetry to theatre, his works are important testimonies of passion and creativity".