Orchestral Music

2009 Piccola Sinfonia per la Scuola Media

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  • I. Il Medio Evo – Allegro Moderato [listen] (midi)
  • II. Il Barocco – Poco Adagio [listen] (midi)
  • III. Il Contemporaneo – Tempo di Valzer [listen] (midi)

The composition is dedicated to Giovani Musicisti d’Europa.

(Commissione dell’Orchestra Regionale Umbra delle Scuole ad indirizzo Musicale, Direttore Filippo Salemmi e per l’Istituto Comprensivo “De Gasperi” Norcia, Dirigente Scolastico Prof. Rosella Tonti)

2007 Introitus - An American Overture

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The word Introitus, “entrance” refers to the opening of the celebration of the Roman Catholic Mass, specifically to the antiphon that is spoken or sung at the beginning of the celebration. In the musical idiom of Gregorian chant, the Introitus normally took the form of antiphon-verse-antiphon, and it was sung by two choirs. A slow modal melody is presented at the beginning of the composition in the string section, interrelated by the brass. A transgressive rhythm takes us away from the heavenly beginning while elements of jazz will capture the modernity of the composition. However, this frantically ambiguous contrast, almost a provocation for the listener, it is nothing but the development of the slow introduction; the musical elements of the initial melody are expanded with composition techniques such as the fugue, countermelodies and anxious rhythms. The under title, “An American Overture” was meant as a claim for the composer American experience – often his music is labeled as “Italian” when performed in the States and “American” when performed in Italy. The composition was commissioned by the “Filarmonica Marchigiana” Orchestra in Italy. Introitus has two versions: chamber orchestra, and symphony orchestra

2005 Mass: A Celebration of Life, for Soli, Choir and Orchestra

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The Mass is based on a joyful, syncopated rhythm. The melodic lines are beautiful, especially in the soprano and tenor solo parts. The choral part is very candid, following the traditional four-part writing. The orchestration is at times thick, relaying heavily on the percussion instruments. The intermezzo contrasts with the rest of the composition in the intricate contrapuntal writing for the divided string orchestra. The composition is available in three different versions: Solos, Chorus, Piano and Percussions Solos, Chorus and Chamber Orchestra Solos, Chorus and Symphony Orchestra The composition is dedicated to the memory of Massimo Archetti.

2005 Intermezzo for String Orchestra

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The Intermezzo is part of “Mass: a Celebration of Life”. It is written for a double string orchestra. The intensity of the high violins in the beginning, the intricate counterpoint and the passion of the middle section leads the audience to a journey of deep meditation.

2001 Pater Noster, for Solo, Choir and Orchestra

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This composition is based on the traditional text of the Lord’s Prayer. It is scored for a Soprano Solo, 2 French Horns and String Orchestra. A piano reduction is also available.

1998 Jesi in Festa - Scherzo Musicale per Orchestra

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Jesi is an exciting little town along the Adriatic Coast of Central Italy. It is where I grew up, where I lived most of my life, and where my dearest friends still are. In September Jesi hosts an exhilarating festival called Le Fiere di San Settimio. For three days, a gigantic flee market invades every corner of the town, bands play up and down the streets, folk music groups perform local songs, choirs sing inside churches, and kids play in the streets. Jesi in Festa tries to re-create that atmosphere. The composition is embedded with tunes I remember hearing during those festive days. In this composition, one can hear the Jesi Band roaming up and down the streets, the Regina Della Pace choir singing in the church, the Music Folk Group La Macina singing local songs, and if one is careful, he can even hear the street vendors trying to sell you something. Due to its complexity and to the juxtaposition of different themes and colors, I consider this composition a masterpiece of orchestration. A great addition to any orchestra concert. The composition is dedicated to my daughter Alessandra who encouraged me to write it.

1997 Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra

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I.Lento – Allegro con Swing – Lento II.Allegro Spiritoso The first movement starts with a beautiful melody line, which soon moves into a driving and jazzy rhythm. A challenging cadenza based on double stops closes the first movement. The second movement has a Stravinskian mode, with sudden changes of moods and moments of folkloristic references of the composer Italian home town of Jesi.

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

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