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Sciattino, Salvatore

Sciattino, Salvatore

Sciattino, Salvatore, Italian composer; b. Palermo, April 4, 1947. He was 12 when he began to compose under the tutelage of Antonino Titione; also received some guidance from Evangelisti. After studies with Turi Belfiore (1964), he attended Evangelisti’s electronic music sessions at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1969). He taught at the Milan Cons. (from 1974); also served as artistic director of the Teatro Comunale in Bologna (1977–80). His music reveals an innovative approach to traditional forms; in some works he utilizes aleatorie procedures.

Works

DRAMATIC: Opera: Amore e Psiche (Milan,March 2, 1973); Aspern (Florence, June 8, 1978); Cailles en sarchophage (Venice, Sept. 26, 1979); Vanitas (Milan, Dec. 11, 1981); Lohengrin (Milan, Jan. 15, 1983); Perseo e Andromeda (1990; Stoccardo, Jan. 27, 1991). orch.: Berceuse (1967; Venice, Sept. 13, 1969); Da a da da (Venice, Sept. 12, 1970); Sonata da camera (Rome, Oct. 31, 1971); Grande sonata da camera (1971; Paris, Feb. 21, 1972); Rondo for Flute and Orch. (1972; Naples, April 6, 1973); Romanza for Viola d’Amore and Orch. (Florence, Oct. 20, 1973); Variazioni for Cello and Orch. (Saarbrücken, May 23, 1974); Clair de lune for Piano and Orch. (Milan, Feb. 12, 1976); II paese senz’alba (Naples, June 19, 1977); Che sai guardiano, della notte? for Clarinet and Small Orch. (Paris, June 19, 1979); Autoritratto nella notte (Lugano, March 17, 1983); Violin Concerto, Allegoria della notte (Rome, Oct. 1, 1985); Sul poemi concentrici I, II, and III (RAI, Turin, April 8, 1988); Lettura da lontano for Double Bass and Orch. (Milan, Oct. 21, 1989). chamber: Quartetto II for String Quartet (1967); …Da un divertimento for 10 Instruments (1970); Arabesque for 2 Organs (1971); 2 Studies for Cello (1974); 2 piano trios (1975, 1986); 2 quintets (1976, 1977); Ai limiti della notte for Viola (1979; also for Cello); Fauno che fischia a un merlo for Flute and Harp (1980); Introduzione all’oscuro for Instruments (1981); Nox apud Orpheum for 2 Organs and Instruments (1982); Codex purpureus I for String Trio (1983); Codex purpureus II for 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, and Piano (1984); La canzone di ringraziamento for Flute (1985); Esplorazione del bianco III for Jazz Ensemble (1986); II motivo degli oggetti di vetro for 2 Flutes and Piano (1987); II silenzio degli oracoli for Wind Quintet (1989); also piano pieces, including 3 sonatas (1976, 1983, 1986). vocal: Aka aka to I, II, and III for Soprano and 12 Instruments (1968); II paese senza tramonto for Soprano and Orch. (Montepulciano, Aug. 14, 1977); 12 canzoni da battello for Soprano and Instruments (1977); Kindertotenlied for Soprano, Tenor, and Small Orch. (1978; Venice, Oct. 7, 1979); Un’immagine di Arpocrate for Chorus, Piano, and Orch. (Donaueschingen, Oct. 19, 1979); Flos florum for Chorus and Orch. (Turin, April 30, 1981); Efebo con radio for Voice and Orch. (Florence, May 28, 1981); Rose, Liz for Voice and 5 Instruments (1984); Morte di Borromini for Narrator and Orch. (Milan, Oct. 18, 1988); Due Arie marine for Mezzo-soprano and Electronics (Turin, Oct. 27, 1990).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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