Roffredo Caetani (1871–1961) loved music from an early age, thanks probably to the influence of his father Onorato, Duke of Sermoneta. The latter, born in Rome on 18 January 1842, was a lover of music and a musician himself. He met Wagner in Bayreuth and worked to promote the first performances of his works in Rome. From his father Michelangelo, Onorato inherited a close friendship with Franz Liszt and made him godfather of Roffredo, his second son. Liszt played a considerable role in Roffredo’s life, being the first to recognize his musical talent and to influence him to study the piano.
Roffredo Caetani’s work as a composer and performer was concentrated in a few years, reaching a peak in around 1909. From 1887 to 1904, he limited himself to instrumental music, composing not only 20 works for piano but also chamber and symphonic music. Later, between 1910 and 1940, he wrote two operas. All his work was published by the prestigious Schott publishing house in Mainz, Germany.