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Michael Annunziata Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 11 Jan 2007

Biographical History

Michael (Michele) Raffaelle Annunziata (1897-1968) was an Italian (later American) violinist, pianist, composer and music instructor who spent much of his life in Utica, New York.

Born Michele Annunziata in Ottaviano near Naples, Italy, Annunziata and his family came to the United States in 1908. After a short residence in Baltimore, Maryland his family settled in Utica, New York where Annunziata attended a local Catholic school. He went to Italy for college, graduating from the University dei Terroni in Taranto, and then returned to Utica where he remained for the rest of his life, composing and teaching music. At some point, possibly when he became an American citizen in 1944, his name was Americanized to "Michael."

Originally a violinist, he later came to concentrate on the piano. He studied with Syracuse University music professor William Berwald. His works included chamber music, music for voice and piano, music for violin and piano, solo piano, string ensembles, orchestral suites and symphonies, two masses and several operas.

Annunziata was a member of the Italian Actors' Union, the American Federation of Labor, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He died in Utica in 1968.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Michael Annunziata Papers are divided into Biographical material, Correspondence, and Writings. Biographical material includes identification and membership papers (naturalization certificate, draft card, Italian Actors' Union membership) and memorabilia (newspaper clippings, concert programs, obituary). Correspondence comprises letters from fellow musicians (including William Berwald) as well as music organizations and music publishers, in both English and Italian. Writings includes poems (possibly intended as lyrics), libretti, and manuscript scores of many of Annunziata's works including his operas. Also included are a few of Annunziata's published pieces. Most of the material in the Writings series is in Italian.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

The collection originally included 19 record albums. These have been transferred to Belfer Audio Archive. One of the albums was a recording of Annunziata's work, sung by Daniel Monti. The remainder were well-known classical composers such as Verdi and Beethoven, and singers such as Enrico Caruso. For a complete list, please inquire.

The papers of Syracuse University music professor William Berwald, with whom Annunziata studied, are held by the Syracuse University Archives.

Subject Headings


Annunziata, Michael R.

Associated Titles

L'idre dell' egeo.
Mysterious Island, for orchestra (op. 43)
Piece Exotique.
Pompei, a symphonic suite (op. 35)
T'enebre e luce.
The Witch (La strega di Salem)
Urania, poeme mystique for orchestra and piano (op. 55)


Chamber music -- 20th century.
Italian Americans -- New York (State), Utica.
Masses -- 20th century.
Music -- Manuscripts.
Operas -- 20th century.


New York (State), Utica.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts (document genre)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Michael Annunziata Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transferred from Setnor School of Music

Table of Contents

Biographical material