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Ennio Bolognini papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7856

Scope and Contents

Collection contains scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, letters, personal papers, membership cards, sketches, ephemera, fliers, programs, scores, photographs, and other materials relating to Ennio Bolognini's musical career, 1847-1979.


  • 1847-1979


Language of Materials

Materials are in English and Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Ennio Bolognini papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical history

Ennio Bolognini (1893-1979) was a prominent cellist.

Ennio Bolognini was born in 1893 in Buenos Aires. His father was an amateur cellist and a close friend of the conductor Toscannini, who became Ennio's godfather. Bolognini started his musical studies with his father and then with Jose Garcia. When he was fifteen he won first prize in a Spanish/American cello contest, and was awarded a cello made by Luigi Rovatti. While still a teenager he had the opportunity to perform "The Swan," with Saint-Saens himself at the piano; and the Richard Strauss cello sonata, also with the composer.

In 1923 Bolognini immigrated to the United States. Apart from his talent as a cellist, he was an excellent guitarist, a champion boxer, and a licensed airplane pilot. He flew his own private plane, and was once a professional stunt flyer. He co-founded the American Civil Air Patrol, and trained cadets to fly B-29 bombers in World War II. He was principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony. He moved to Las Vegas in 1951 and founded the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra. Casals praised Bolognini as the greatest cello talent he had ever heard in his life. Feuermann said that Bolognini was a better cellist than Casals, Piatigorsky or himself.

Ennio Bolognini died in 1979.


5 cartons (5 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (0.5 linear ft.)


The collection has retained its original order.

Custodial History

Donated by Dorothy (Barber) Bolognini in 1986.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Dorothy (Barber) Bolognini; 1986.


Noteworthy LDS composer (Section IV. LDS Music Archives Collection Development Policy January 2011).

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth West; May 2011.

Register of the Ennio Bolognini papers
Elizabeth West
2011 May 31
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States