Roffredo Caetani (1871-1961) had as its main vocation the music that was expressed with a lot of precocity, perhaps thanks to the paternal influences: Onorato, Duke of Sermoneta, was born in Rome on 18 January 1842, the only son of Duke Michelangelo and Calista Rzewuska, he was a great lover of music and musician himself. He met Wagner in Bayreuth and worked to promote the first performances of his works in Rome; a close friend of Franz Liszt – friendship in turn inherited from his father Michelangelo – so much to entrust him in baptism the second son Roffredo.
Liszt played a considerable role in Roffredo’s biography: he was the first to recognize the musical talent of the godchild and to direct him to study piano.
The compositional and concert activity was concentrated in a few years, reaching its peak around 1909. From 1887 to 1904 Roffredo dedicated himself only to instrumental music, giving life to twenty compositions, for piano, but also chamber music and symphony; the only exception in this period was the writing of two operas that took the years from 1910 to 1940. All the works were published by the prestigious Schott publishing house in Mainz, Germany.