Bartók, Béla Viktor János
Bennet, Richard Rodney
Bozza, Eugène Joseph
Dahl, Walter Ingolf Marcus
Del Tredici, David
Griffes, Charles Tomlinson
Guarnieri, Mozart Camargo
Hanson, Howard Harold
Hüe, Georges Adolphe
Jirák, Karel Boleslav
Kennan, Kent Wheeler
La Montaine, John
Williams, Ralph Vaughan
Nino Rota: Sonata for Flute and Harp was written in 1937 as a transcription from his violin sonata composed the same year. The work was composed when Rota was only of 26, perfectly representing Italian neoclassicism of that time. It was published by Ricordi in 1939. In later years when Rota’s music often were described as light music due to his numerous film scores, he often responded: “I don’t believe in differences of classes and levels in music. The term “light music” refers only to the lightness of those who listen to it, not of those who wrote it”.
Anna Loro (harp) Live performance at Festival Le Arpe in Castello di Padernello, Brescia, Italy, 17.07.2022
1. Allegro Molto Moderato 2. Andante Sostenuto 3. Allegro Festoso
Nino Rota (1911 – 1979) was an Italian composer, pianist, and conductor who is known for his more than 150 film scores. Especially for the films of Fellini, Visconti, Zeffirelli and Coppola. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Godfather Part II in 1974.
Besides music for cinema, he composed ten operas, five ballets and dozens of other orchestral, choral and chamber works, the best known being his string concerto.
Additionally he wrote music for theatre productions by Visconti, Zeffirelli and Eduardo De Filippo. Besides, he held the Director position at the Liceo Musicale in Bari, Italy for almost 30 years.
Born in Milan in a musical family he was renown as a child prodigy. He composed his first oratorio at the age of 11. When he turned 13 his three-act lyrical comedy "Il Principe Porcaro" after the Hans Christian Andersen received overall recognition. Initially he studied music in Milan and continued at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Encouraged by Toscanini, he moved to the United States where he studied composition with Rosario Scalero and conducting with Fritz Reiner at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.
After returning to Italy he took the teaching job at the Liceo Musicale in Bari and started his prolific composing career.
One of his most known students – Riccardo Muti.