Ignazio Catania

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Mro. Ignazio Catania

Mro. Ignazio Catania, who had a crucial role in the re-organisation of the Unione band, was born in Cospicua on 29 January 1860. He was the son of Ġiljan and Reġina German. He began his musical studies with the San Ġiorġio Band Club of Bormla, where he studied the clarinet and ended up one of the best soloists.

Hearsay has it that Mro Catania used to impress everyone whenever he performed a solo with the band. He furthered his musical studies and was appointed Assistant conductor of his band club. In 1883 he was appointed Musical Director of the Mannarino Band of Iż-Żurrieq, whilst teaching music to all students of this band club.

Throughout his career, Mro Catania was appointed musical conductor of a number of band clubs, among these San Leonardo of Ħal-Kirkop, Soċjeta Filamornika Fra. Ant. De Paule Banda Kristu Re of Paola, Għaqda Mużikali Maria Annunziata Band of [[Ħal-Tarxien and also Għaqda Mużikali Beland of Iż-Żejtun.

Among his numerous compositions, one can find the hymn Vi Salvi il Ciel Magnanimi, the Polka La Rosa, the musical piece ‘San Ġiorġio a Mare’ and a number of waltzes such as Otto Dicembre, Due Ladri and Spasimenti. Mro. Catania died in Bormla aged 79 years, on 4 August 1939.