|Born||30 November 1897|
|Died||10 March 1974 (aged 76)|
Quinto Maganini was born in Fairfield, California, but he spent much of his life in New York City. He worked as a flautist in the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the New York Symphony Orchestra, and the Russian Symphony Orchestra.
While playing flute and piccolo in John Philip Sousa's band in San Francisco, he was discovered by American conductor Walter Damrosch, who invited him to join the New York Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the orchestra, he studied flute with Georges Barrère.
In 1927, he won a Pulitzer Prize for several of his compositions, including his symphonic poem Tuolumne, California Rhapsody; A Cuban Rhapsody and Songs of the Chinese. In 1928, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to compose a symphony on the life of Napoleon I, a violin sonata and an opera based on Bret Harte's The Bellringer of Angels. These awards enabled him to travel to France, where he studied composition with Nadia Boulanger at the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau.
From 1940 to 1967, he served as principal conductor of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra. In his tenure, he expanded the symphony's repertoire to include larger works, like the symphonies of Gustav Mahler.
His principal compositions include Tuolumne, California Rhapsody for trumpet and orchestra (1926), A Cuban Rhapsody (1926), Songs of the Chinese for women's voices and instrumental ensemble (1926), and a flute sonata (1928).
- Quinto Maganini, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, last accessed 15 November 2018.
- "Quinto Maganini, 77, Won Pulitzer," New York Times, 12 March 1974.
- "Music Notes: Pulitzer Prize Award," Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 2 April 1927.
- "Symphony Group Will Be Heard," Asheville Citizen-Times, 11 September 1932.
- The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, "About the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra", last accessed 15 November 2018.
- Hazel Gertrude Kinscella, Music on the Air (New York: Viking Press, 1934), 351.