Danza per la Morte di Truculentus
BY NORBERTO OLDRINI
NORBERTO OLDRINI studied Musicologia at Università di Bologna with Aldo Clementi, Mario Baroni, Roberto Leydi. A self-taught composer, he also trained with Detlev Glanert.
Since 1992 his compositions have been commissioned, awarded, and performed across Italy, USA, UK, China, Hungary, Germany, Yugoslavia, Portugal, Romania, Libya, Argentina, in festivals and institutions such as Nuova Consonanza (Rome), Contemporanea (Udine, Italy), Europäische Akademie für Musik (Montepulciano, Italy), New York University, New York Composers’ Circle, Symphony Space, Westchester Community College (NY, USA), University of Hartford’s Hartt School Of Music (CT, USA), Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO, USA), the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing (China), Liszt Ferenc Zeneakadèmia (Budapest), Niš International Music Festival (Yugoslavia), Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal), Zilele Muzich Contemporane Bacău (Romania), Centro Nacional de la Música (Buenos Aires), Club Inégales (London), and have been broadcast by Italian, foreign, and web broadcasters, such as Bartók Radio (Hungary), WFMT and WGDR (USA), and Taukay Web Radio (Italy).
He regularly collaborates with the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano (Italy), which, since 2002, has commissioned many compositions from him, and with the clarinettist Guido Arbonelli, who performs his music in many international tournées, and the writer Silvia Cassioli, author of some texts.
His music meets dance (in the DVD FrammentAzioni by the company Arearea, and in Natalie N. Johnson’s Generative grammar), poetry (in the CD Il volo del calabrone and in the project “Pierrot Kabarett” by Dr. K Sextet), satiric cartoon (in the video Tiempo de sombras based on cartoons by El Roto published by El País), and theatre in about ten plays directed by Andrea Cresti (Teatro Povero di Monticchiello 2007-2012) and by Carlo Pasquini.
In the early ’90s he wrote articles on Schnittke, Ravel, Berio, Ligeti, Lutosławski, Sciarrino, Henze, Al’perin, Weill, Eisler, Dessau, and essays dealing with the relationships between music and cinema for Italian journals such as Musica/Realtà, Cinema Nuovo, and Auditorium.
Since 1989 he has experimented with merging composition and improvisation, such as in the work-in-progress Accumulazione e godimento for piano (2000→).
The RNCM Symphony Orchestra conducted by Roland Böer, Ewan Campbell, Algoritmo Ensemble, Minguet Quartett, Quartetto Ascanio, Ensemble Assisi Musiche, CAT Ensemble, Lesley-Jane Rogers, Georgina Stalbow, Flavio Tanzi, Robert Botti, rank among the most important interpreters of his music.
He has been living in Torrita di Siena (Tuscany, Italy) since 1999.