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While it’s unclear where this love came from, it’s undeniable that Ischi’s love of chickens runs deep and has contributed to his late-in-life viral fame. As you heard in the video above, his skill at clucking rivals his skill at yodeling. In 2011, he released “New Bibi Hendl,” his hit about catching a chicken in the Alps, and it has gone on to be viewed tens of millions of times across multiple uploads on YouTube. From there, he really leaned into the role of “Chicken Yodeler.”

Pizzetti wrote several books, mostly of musical criticism (he co-founded a journal of modern music, Dissonanza in 1914), but notably also a biography of Niccolò Paganini. His music is lush, diverse in terms of what he asks of his orchestral players, and sincere. It fits well with the times, being not all that dissimilar to the beauty and drama of Claude Debussy and Vaughan Williams; and it yet fits even more perfectly into the history of Italian sacred music and operatic canon. A true delight to discover him here.