B1191. E. Herbert-Caesari. TRADITION AND GIGLI – 1600 -1955 – A PANEGYRIC. London, Robert Hale, 1963. 160pp. Index; DJ.
“Caesari traces the formation of the Italian school of singing from its beginnings with the Florentine Camerata to its height in the early part of the twentieth century. Caesari studied at the Santa Cecilia Academy, Rome, with Riccardo Daviesi and later the famous Italian baritone Antonio Cotogni. It was there that he studied alongside Beniamino Gigli, who also became a life - long friend and supporter of Caesari‘s work. In this book, Caesari recounts the teaching style of the old Italian school, or Schola Cantorum, as handed down to him by Riccardo Daviesi and Cotogni.”
- Z. D. Akron
“Caesari was - to my mind - the greatest, most logical, most patient, most persistent of teachers, known world-wide for his written work, his battles against cant and incompetence, and his loyalty to a tradition of singing that had genuine claim to represent Italian 'Bel Canto' at its best.”
- Hamish Pitceathly