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Offline amw

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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2021, 02:24:55 PM »
Predictable list for anyone who knows my interests.

Matteo da Perugia
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Luca Marenzio
Girolamo Frescobaldi
Domenico Scarlatti
Goffredo Petrassi
Luigi Nono
Franco Donatoni
Aldo Clementi
Salvatore Sciarrino

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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2021, 05:20:03 PM »
Interesting!  I thought that you weren't into Italian opera though (Puccini)? I don't know any of his non-operatic works.  Is that what you were referring to?  Sorry, confused here.

A few favorites of mine: 

Puccini (love his operas)
Verdi (love his operas!)
Donizetti
Rossini
Bellini
Respighi
Monteverdi
...will have to think of others...

Yes, two years ago I heard all of his operas and I fell in love with most of them. An unabashed sense of beauty, humanity, voluptuousness and striking melodies make them completely irresistible to me. I've not been into opera lately, but Puccini remains my favorite Italian composer in that regard. I hope to be listening to more operas in the near future.
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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #22 on: April 04, 2021, 05:21:21 PM »
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini

Is he your favorite composer overall?
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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #23 on: April 04, 2021, 09:20:24 PM »
My list of living composers, more or less in order of preference at least for the first 4/5 positions.

Pierluigi Billone
Salvatore Sciarrino
Luca Francesconi
Marco Stroppa
Giovanni Verrando
Lucia Ronchetti
Ivan Fedele
Osvaldo Coluccino
Francesco Filidei
Fabio Vacchi

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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #24 on: April 04, 2021, 10:01:14 PM »
My list of living composers, more or less in order of preference at least for the first 4/5 positions.

Pierluigi Billone
Salvatore Sciarrino
Luca Francesconi
Marco Stroppa
Giovanni Verrando
Lucia Ronchetti
Ivan Fedele
Osvaldo Coluccino
Francesco Filidei
Fabio Vacchi

Hm, interesting - I only know Francesconi  (usually quite accesible) and Sciarrino.

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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #25 on: April 05, 2021, 12:18:47 AM »
Hm, interesting - I only know Francesconi  (usually quite accesible) and Sciarrino.

Well, if you want to dive into the unknown  ;) I would recommend these two recordings from Kairos





which are among my favorites in contemporary music. If you are familiar with Tarkovsky's films, you should recognize the title/quotation of the first one.

Billone, a Sciarrino's and Lachenmann's pupil, is by far the most interesting young Italian composer (not so young anymore...) imo.

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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #26 on: April 05, 2021, 12:48:00 AM »
Well, if you want to dive into the unknown  ;) I would recommend these two recordings from Kairos





which are among my favorites in contemporary music. If you are familiar with Tarkovsky's films, you should recognize the title/quotation of the first one.

Billone, a Sciarrino's and Lachenmann's pupil, is by far the most interesting young Italian composer (not so young anymore...) imo.

Thank you, I will investigate ...

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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #27 on: April 05, 2021, 05:10:29 AM »
Thank you, I will investigate ...

+1

(.. along with a few of the others on that list)

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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #28 on: April 05, 2021, 06:27:25 AM »
Predictable list for anyone who knows my interests.

Matteo da Perugia
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Luca Marenzio
Girolamo Frescobaldi
Domenico Scarlatti
Goffredo Petrassi
Luigi Nono
Franco Donatoni
Aldo Clementi
Salvatore Sciarrino

Nice to see you stuck with a ‘Top 10’ and not a ‘Top 100’. ;) ;D

As for my own list...hmmm....(in no particular order):

Dallapiccola
Casella
Malipiero
Scelsi
Berio

This is the only list I could come up with.
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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #29 on: April 06, 2021, 12:22:34 AM »
Hm, interesting - I only know Francesconi  (usually quite accesible) and Sciarrino.
I'm honestly not a huge fan of Billone or Ronchetti (and never heard of Vacchi) but that whole list repays exploration. I would also probably name Alessandro Solbiati, Mauro Lanza, and Stefano Gervasoni, and Silvia Borzelli seems to have a great deal of potential even though I've only heard two pieces by her. And of course there's Sylvano Bussotti, who is now I think about 90, and probably the last survivor of the Darmstadt generation.

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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #30 on: April 06, 2021, 12:26:44 AM »
How could I forget Bussotti? As you say, amw, probably the last member of the Darnstadt gegeration still with us. Probably, also one of the "wackiest"  ;), but he did produce some stunning works...
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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #31 on: April 06, 2021, 06:03:45 PM »
Is he (Paganini) your favorite composer overall?

My reaction was maybe a little bit excessive because I felt disapointed no one mention him  :P
But despite this, among italian composers from the old generation, Paganini is probably my favorite...
The "24 caprices" are great works and violin concertos are really enjoyable to me.

I also like very much his delightful music for guitar and violin :
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy7-EU0oYNeDXk5ocyKooKksdER0_G-4L


...

Among the new generation, I also love Clara Iannotta  :)
http://claraiannotta.com/

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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #32 on: April 06, 2021, 06:20:08 PM »
Does anybody Prefer A. Scarlatti to D. S.?

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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #33 on: April 06, 2021, 06:28:28 PM »
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Among the new generation, I also love Clara Iannotta  :)
http://claraiannotta.com/


I suppose I should have thought of Clara Iannotta and Patricia Alessandrini but they completely slipped my mind due to both being based outside of Italy (Germany & Switzerland I think).

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Re: Your top 10 favorite Italian composers
« Reply #34 on: April 09, 2021, 06:04:20 AM »
Vivaldi
D. Scarlatti
Boccherini
Paganini
Rossini
Donizetti
Bellini
Verdi
Puccini
Wolf-Ferrari


Honorable mention: Monteverdi, Tartini, Locatelli, Pergolesi, Sgambatti --- and for a change, Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
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