[de Chirico, Andrea]
(b Athens, Aug 25, 1891; d Rome, May 6, 1952).
Italian writer, theorist, painter, composer and theatre designer. His Greek childhood, shared with his brother Giorgio De Chirico, informed his life’s work. Savinio was something of a musical prodigy, graduating with honours in piano and composition from the Athens Conservatory at the age of 12. By 1906, he was studying under Max Reger in Munich, and he composed an opera, Carmela, at the age of 17. The prospects in Italy proved disappointing and, after a concert given in Munich, Savinio left for Paris in 1910.
In Paris Savinio became a close friend of Guillaume Apollinaire, associating with his circle as a composer and writer. He published a dramatic poem, Les Chants de la mi-mort, in 1914 and adopted a pseudonym to avoid confusion with his brother who had by now joined him in Paris. Savinio drew at this time and may have made experimental collages, although possible datings for the latter vary from ...