We the Italians March 21, 2016 - 77 - Page 20

st # 77 MARCH 21 , 2016 read more about #Great Italians of the Past GREAT ITALIANS OF THE PAST: RENATO CAROSONE By Giovanni Verde One can easily recognize the unmistakable smile of Renato Carosone. His smiling face while playing the piano, as it were an easy job, reveals Carosone’s slight greatness. Renato Carosone (Naples, 3 January 1920) studied piano from a young age, encouraged by the will of his father, who was a theatrical impresario and a mandolin player. He graduated in piano at the Conservatorio di Napoli in the church of Saint Peter in Majella, at the age of seventeen. Carosone’s first relevant experience took place in Africa. On August 1937, he landed in Eritrea: he would stay in Addis Ababa working as orchestra leader until the outbreak of the First World War, when he was called up to 20 | WE THE ITALIANS www.wetheitalians.com