Villanis, Luigi Alberto
Italian musical writer and critic; born at San Mauro, near Turin. He studied law at the Turin University, graduating in 1887. His inclination was for music and he began the study of composition under Thermignon, finishing under Cravero. Three years later he was appointed professor of musical aesthetics and history at the University, where his lectures on the philosophy of music became very popular. About the same time he began to publish articles in the Gazzetta Musicale of Milan and other papers. Later he wrote many essays and critical studies in L'illustration italienne. He also published many articles on the aesthetics of music, and for some time has been preparing an exhaustive work on the development of the several schools of music, due to the clavichord and piano.