Luigi Dallapiccola

The foremost of the modern Italian composers.  He combined dodecaphonic technique with Italian tradition vocal line in a very expressive fashion.  His masterful adaptation of the twelve-tone system to lyrical expression is well illustrated in "Canti di liberazione" (Songs of Liberty, 1951-1955), a set of choral songs, and in his opera "Il Prigioniero" (The Prisoner).  A number of chamber works employing voice and instruments of various kinds are also noteworthy.