Chamber Music

2014 Woodwind Quintet n. 2

Dedicated to the Stanford Woodwind Quintet

Woodwind Quintet [view score]

  • I. Moderato – Allegro [listen]
  • II. Adagio [listen]
  • III. Allegro Spiritoso (Il Valzer Impazzito) [listen]
  • IV. Allegro (La Ninna Nanna di Emma) [listen]

2012 Piccola Suite per Violoncello

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  • I. Danza Modale [listen] (midi)
  • II. Valzer Lento [listen] (midi)
  • III. Tango [listen] (midi)

Dedicata ad Elisabetta per il suo 9no Compleanno

2012 Per Emma - Nel Giorno del Suo Battesimo

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Viola, Violoncello and Piano

2010 Sonata for Tuba and Organ

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  • I. Poco Adagio – Allegro [listen] (midi)
  • II. Largo [listen] (midi)
  • III. Allegro – Fugue [listen] (midi)

The Sonata was written for virtuoso tubist Alessandro Fossi.

2008 Piccoli Pezzi, for Flute and Piano. Volume 3

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2008 Filastrocche - 6 Songs for Soprano, Viola and Piano

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  • I. Napoli Senza Sole [listen]
  • II. Passeggiata Domenicale [listen]
  • III. A Voce Bassa [listen]
  • IV. Dopo La Pioggia [listen]
  • V. Bella Nave [listen]
  • VI. Filastrocca di Capodanno [listen]

Six beautiful songs written on the text of Gianni Rodari who was a writer and journalist, most famous for his books for children. Performed at Stanford on February 19, 2012

2007 La Povertá, for two Sopranos and two String Quartets

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This new composition is written for string ensemble (two string quartets) and with sopranos. It received its premiere under the baton of maestro Mitchell Sardou Klein of the Peninsula Symphony at the Concert for Hope celebrating the opening of the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality (inequality.com) on September 9 2007.Set to music:

Deuteronomy 15:11: For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

Mother Teresa: Serve the poorest of the poor. Do not wait for leaders. Do it now, person to person.

2004 Piccoli Pezzi, for Flute and Piano Volume 1 & 2

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This is a small collection of flute pieces for a beginning/intermediate player. They are excellent compositions ideal to be included in a flute recital. They are descriptive of events or situations, such as a walk at the beach or at the park.

2006 It's Just a song, for Brass Quintet

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A light composition that combines the American swing with the Italian lyrical melody. A good addition to any brass concert program. Easy and enjoyable!

2005 String Quartet n. 3

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  • I. Andante – Allegro ma non Troppo [listen]
  • II. Two Egrets – Quiet Motion [listen]
  • III. Allegro Moderato – Fugue [listen]
  • IV. Moderato – Meno Mosso [listen]

This composition is inspired by a series of incomplete pieces by composer Glenn Glasow, one of my music mentors. The composition is a dialogue between two voices: the one of the master and the one of the student. They are trying to reconnect by telling to each other everything was not said. The young composer revisits and re-harmonizes the teacher melodic lines. In a benevolent competition with the master, the student realizes that he is no longer a student. He is walking his own path.

This piece is dedicated to the memory of Professor Dr. Glenn Glasow.

2004 Woodwind Quintet

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  • I. Lentamente – Allegro [listen]
  • II. Il Contrappunto – Grave [listen]
  • III. Scherzo – Allegro Spiritoso (Jazzy…) [listen]
  • IV. Fugue – Allegro [listen]

The woodwind quintet is a musical example of the fusion of two different cultures: the Italian and the American. The first movement opens with a slow introduction, which presents all the thematic materials of the four movements. It develops with some grotesques themes and convoluted rhythms. The second movement features a lyrical melodic line distributed in a five-part counterpoint. The scherzo is a short and jazzy movement with a rhythmic and driving pulse. The final fugue derives from the previous movements which expand in all possible ways, with augmentation, inversion, and final strettos. The melodic lines are running after each other in a compulsory ending.The composition was written for and dedicated to the Stanford Woodwind Quintet. They premiered it in the Winter of 2005.

2004 Piccoli Pezzi, for Viola and Piano

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  • Una Melodia per Alessandra
  • Tango per Viola
  • La Viola Salterina

This series of compositions were written for the occasion of Alessandra Aquilanti’s seventeenth birthday. They are three challenging compositions for an emerging viola player.

“Una melodia per Alessandra” is melodic and sweet. The “Tango for Viola” evokes the mood of the Latin-America.

2002 Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

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  • I. Lentamente – Allegro Spiritoso
  • II. Lentamente
  • III. Mosso con Swing

2002 Quartetto Nuziale - String Quartet n. 2

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The Quartetto Nuziale was written for the wedding of Rebecca Gertmenian and Fred Spitz. It’s melodious and tuneful yet based on a complex counterpoint among the four instruments.

On June 4th 2006 it was performed at Stanford University by “La Scala” String Quartet.

2002 Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello

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All the compositions that I have written in the past few years have been inspired by Italy, my mother land, in particular from old folk tunes from my native town of Jesi. In this composition, I decided to embrace America as my new source of inspiration.

A brief introduction, in which all the thematic material is presented, opens the first movement with a rhythmic driving sonata form. The first theme is exciting and energetic, based on a meter of five and seven eighths, whereas the second theme is more lyrical and cantabile. As the movement unfolds, both themes are superimposed in an intricate contrapuntal combination. Toward the end of the movement, a “tonal” chorale is presented as a bizarre surprise. The same chorale will reappear in the other two movements.

The main feature of the second movement is the grace note. Even though the rhythm is apparently clear, the grace note in the three different instruments will blur the sense of the downbeat. The movement is melodically very intense. The double stop of the string instruments create a dramatic effect at the high point toward the end of the movement.

The last movement was written while I was teaching a class in 18th Century Counterpoint at Stanford University. I explained many times the importance of counterpoint in modern composition to the point that I had to prove it to myself. The final fugue is very strict in the exposition and in the middle entrances of the subjecr. Yet, some of the episodes are rather loose almost like improvisations.

2001 Album del Giovane Pianista - Piccoli Pezzi for Piano

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2001 Songs for Piano

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2001 Sonata for Flute and Piano

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  • I. Adagio – Allegro con Spirito [listen]
  • II. Adagio – La Melodia Barocca [listen]
  • III. Allegro Spiritoso – Rondo: Le Melodie Popolari [listen]

2000 Quintet for Four Violoncellos and Piano

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1999 Sonata for Violin and Piano

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  • I. Mosso [listen]
  • II. Lentamente – Melodia Cinese [listen]
  • III. Allegro – La Pasquella e la Melodia Cinese [listen]

1999 Creatura di Dio: Two Songs for Baritone and Piano

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1997 Sonata for Violoncello and Piano

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  • I. Lento – Allegro con Swing – Lento [listen]
  • II. Allegro Spiritoso [listen]

1994 Se Potessi - Three Songs for Soprano, French Horn and String Orchestra

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1994 Riflessioni di una Notte fra la Domenica e il Lunedí: Computer Generated

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1993 Cara Collega: Three Songs for Soprano, Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano

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1990 Sospiro dal Cielo - String Quartet n. 1

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1988 Fatti non Foste: Four Songs for Soprano and Piano

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