Piero Buscaroli was born on August 21, 1930, in Imola and died on February 15, 2016.
He was an Italian musicologist, journalist and essayist.
He was the son of a Latinist.
Piero Buscaroli studied organ, harmony and counterpoint at the Conservatorio Giovanni Battista Martini, and later he graduated in Law with a thesis about the Italian legal history.
Mr. Buscaroli cooperated with the magazine Il Borghese, from 1955 to 1977, writing articles of music criticism, international politics and modern history and often using the pseudonym “Hans Sachs”.
Piero was director of the newspaper Roma, from 1972 to 1975 and in 1979, he began a long collaboration with the newspaper Il Giornale directed by Indro Montanelli, where he used the pseudonym Piero Santerno for his not-music-related articles.
He has written several books on the history of music, notably Bach (1985), That received over twenty editions, Beethoven (2004), a 1350 pages book which were the result of five years of continuous study, and La morte di Mozart (“The death of Mozart”, 1996), in which he suggested that Mozart’s Requiem was not left unfinished because of the death of its author, but because of a planned choice of Mozart himself, due to reluctance on his part to fulfill the contractual clause, imposed on him by the client, which prevented him to claim authorship of his work.
Piero Buscaroli passed away at 85 yrs old.