Gian Francesco Malipiero (1882-1973) was an Italian composer musicologist and editor. Born in Venice he studied in Berlin Paris and Bologna. He is perhaps best remembered for his work in editing historical Italianmusic most notably Monteverdiâ€™s complete works but he also composed prolifically writing seventeen symphonies and several operatic stage works. Maschere Che Passano (Passing Maskers) was written in 1918for solo Piano. It comprises five movements and is one of the earliest works in which the composer explores the characteristics of the grotesque and the masquerade. While slightly awkward to play these pieces form a wonderfullyrewarding collection for any pianist to master.