• L'Audizione


    In one act

    has had the premiere on the 17th August 2015 in GO festival. With Paola Grandicelli and Gabriella Aleo. Orchestra Euroadriatica, Maurizio Colasanti conductor

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  • Oltremare

    for Symphonic


    Was premiered on 7th and 8th October in the Cathedral of Bari with Orchestra Sinfonica della Città  Metropolitana di Bari under the baton of Maurizio Colasanti

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    Cesare Valentini

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Cesare Valentini was born in Palermo, Sicily and begin to study piano at the age of 10 and composition at the age of 14. From the age of 20 Valentini resided in Florence where also studied Law at the University. He got the Master's Degree in Music Composition with "Summa cum Laude" in Milan Conservatory G. Verdi with M° Mario Garuti. The first public concerts of his music, when he was 26, were in little festivals and concerts in Florence. His style came from neoclassicism, step by step influenced by avant-garde music but not serial. Like other schools in the world he works with the impression of sounds, harmonics, colored atonality. His music has been performed in Italy, Europe and South America by important ensembles, orchestras and artists such as Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, Osem (National orchestra of Mexico), Illinois State University (Chicago, USA), Ricercare Strumentale Italiano, members of ORT, J Futura Orchestra, Ensemble Italiano, Fonè String Quartet, I Fiati Italiani, the flutist Roberto Fabbriciani, the singers Francesca Bellofatto, Susanna Rigacci, Patrizia Morandini, Maria Costanza Nocentini, Monica Benvenuti and many others. He was also director of many concert seasons in Florence, Palazzo Pitti, Toscana Classica in Orsanmichele, Aspetti del Sacro etc.. He was also the composer in residence of the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina and collaborates with many institutions especially for contemporary music. He is a playwrite too and in 1997 won a national literature prize. Actually he is working on new sounds for acoustic instruments in XXI century music.

Cesare Valentini è nato a Palermo, in Sicilia e comincia a studiare pianoforte all'età di 10 anni e composizione all'età di 14. Dall'età di 20 anni risiede a Firenze, dove ha anche studiato giurisprudenza presso l'Università. Ha cominciato ad avere i primi concerti pubblici come compositore a 26 anni, in piccoli festival e concerti a Firenze. Il suo stile, che proviene dal neoclassicismo, passo dopo passo è stato influenzato dalla musica d'avanguardia e dalle più recenti esperienze con esclusione della musica di carattere post-seriale. Come altre scuole nel mondo lavora sul suono, gli armonici, atonalità e colore. La sua musica è stata eseguita in Italia, Europa e Sud America con importanti ensemble, orchestre come l'Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, OSEM Orchestra Nazionale del Messico, Orchestra dell'Università di Belo Horizonte, Brasile, Ricercare Strumentale Italiano, membri della ORT, J Futura Orchestra, Ensemble Italiano, Quartetto Fonè, I Fiati Italiani, Festival Mozartiano di Rovereto, Associazione Mozart Italia, Quintetto Audi Mozart, il flautista Roberto Fabbriciani, i cantanti Susanna Rigacci, Patrizia Morandini, Maria Costanza Nocentini, Monica Benvenuti, i direttori Dini Ciacci, Simone Ori, Maurizio Colasanti e molti altri. E 'stato anche direttore di stagioni concertistiche a Firenze, Palazzo Pitti, Toscana Classica in Orsanmichele, Aspetti del Sacro, ecc. E' stato anche "composer in residence" dell' Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina e collabora con molte istituzioni soprattutto per la musica contemporanea. Nel 1997 ha vinto un premio nazionale di letteratura. Attualmente sta lavorando a nuovi suoni per strumenti acustici della musica del XXI secolo.


Cesare Valentini wurde in Palermo, Sizilien, geboren. Nachdem er seine ersten Musikstunden von seiner Mutter erhalten hatte, begann er im Alter von 10 Jahren sein Klavierstudium unter Prof. Chambeyront. Danach lernte er in Katanien im Liceo Musicale Bellini. Später komponierte er in Palermo, Neapel und Florenz unter Leitung von Maestro F. Cioci. Gleichzeitig absolvierte er 1993 seinen Abschluss in Jura an der Universität von Florenz. Er schloss sein Studium in Komposition am Conservatorio G. Verdi in Mailand mit Maestro Mario Garuti, Master-Abschluss summa cum laude. Sein Stil lag von Begin an im Neoklassizismus nach Bartok und Stravinsky, später beeinflusst durch die Avantgarde und weiterentwickeln innerhalb der Musik von Ligeti und Penderecki. Cesare Valentini arbeitet mit besonderem Ausdruck von Ton und Harmonie. Seine letzten bekannten Werke zeigen seine persönliche Vertrautheit mit dem Spektrum der französischen Schule (Grisey, Murail), der Musik von Nono und seine Arbeit unter R. Fabbriciani, dem er sein Werk‚ Bagliori nella notte“ gewidmet hat. Seine letzten Arbeiten seit ‚Rarefazioni di luce’ für das Streichorchester (2007) haben in ihm ein immer stärker werdendes Interesse an einer neuen Tonalität für akkustische Instrumente und die zeitlichen Dimensionen des Klangs geweckt. Seine Musik wurde in großen Ensembles, Orchestern und von Sängern in Italien, Europa und Südamerika gespielt, beispielsweise im Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, dem Osem Nationalorchester in Mexiko, Ricercare Strumentale Italiano, Mitglied des ORT, dem J.Futura Orchester, dem Orchester der Universität von Illinois in Chicago, dem Fonè String Quartet, bei I Fiati Italiani, dem Audi Mozart Quintet ebenso den Direktionen Muntoni, Lanzetta, Dini Ciacci, Colasanti, Ori, Freiles wie von den Sängerinnen Francesca Bellofatto, Susanna Rigacci, Patrizia Morandini, Maria Constanza Nocentini, Monica Benvenuti und vielen anderen. Cesare Valentini leitete verschiedene Konzertperioden als Direktor, so unter anderem in Florenz, Palazzo Pitti, bei der Toscana Classica und Aspetti del sacro. Er war außerdem fester Komponist des Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina.



The first interest of the composer was, from the beginning, a research in new instrumental colors to find new sounds for a modern orchestra.
:He chose three directions:
- micro interval division, not only using quarter tones but having the goal that in an octave interval there are a world of thousend of pitches;
- the use of alternative playing of the instruments, effects, multiphonics, harmonics, percussive sounds in melodic instruments;
- according new sounds with tradition.
The orchestral piece "Fluttuazioni Quantistiche" is an example of Valentini's aesthetics. In the link below you can listen to the premiere recording, 21st april 2011, Illinois State University Orchestra, Maurizio Colasanti conductor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTr4_1Ahy3E
"Fluttuazioni Quantistiche" (Quantum Fluctuations) is a piece inspired by quantum's micro-world, basis of our physical world. I imagined some kind of a soundtrack, sounds intrinsic to the matter, which has laws different from the real world. In it's first part there is a rarefaction of time, this is an introduction where you can not see neither the time nor the speed. In reality everything is constantly in "4/4" and "100 to a quarter". There is also a different dimension of space given by notes that appear and disappear, like particles; these are played by orchestral instruments that come from far apart, together with large resonances produced by vibraphone and harp with unusual tunings . In the first image you can watch the rarefacted beginning (only winds and brasses)


The vibraphone, during the whole piece, produces also very large clusters with wooden bands placed over thekeys.  


Harp with unusual tunings:



Pursuing, small flows of energy comes and a great little episode: particles that, as children, play and have fun with glissandos of harmonics on strings:

After constant flows of energy arrive, produced by bands that sound starting from ppp till ff. These are orchestral sections that intersect each other. At the end of this episode are fluctuations themselves, particles floating in space musically rendered by triplets of the harp and "glissandos" in the muted strings. This element gives off very strong energy that puts in motion a heavy machinery of the most serious and strong instruments which after settles into a "mobile sound" (a tenuto and unstable sound due to the micro-tonality) that leads to a "tutti" of the orchestra through an episode of brass-percussion.


An example of mobile sound:



Brasses play, each with a different rhythm to simulate chaos,
hitting the mouthpiece with the palm of the hand.
Structure of the percussed brasses:       


The ordered chaos of particles expresses a great uncontrollable force due to strings that play legato with pure wood and a whirling piece of woods like a bird cage gone wild which give off particles that ends with strong percussion hit, after which there is .. . silence for eight beats. Finally the piece becomes more rarefied to return to the entropy of the initial state and ends with a resonance of a high note from the vibraphone that is lost in space.


Another important piece of Valentini aestetichs is "Rarefazioni di Luce" (Rarefaction of lights) for string orchestra.
In this score, the composer, tried to give a dramatic exspression to the listeners using a lot of modern techniques for strings, mostly using harmonics, natural and artificial. The music is inspired by the idea of watching the first lights of the day during the dawn. Harmonics have a natural and not tempered pitch and create an impalpable sound like light substance.
The first page of the work:
At the beginning of the score there are the first harmonic glissandos combined with artificial harmonics:
Another section with great glissandos:


All the strings, in glissandos, play natural harmonics simply moving a finger on a string.
In the next example you can watch irregilar tuplets of 17 notes that help the players to go togheter rithmically. The normal line of glissando, in such complex score, does not allow a good synchronization.


There are even pizzicato harmonics:


Pizzicato harmonics will conduce the work to another section called "misterioso" in wich there are tuplets with the omission of one note:

Another page with the strong (cattivo, ugly) entry of the basses in another rythm:
A part of the conclusion with tremolos on harmonics:
Another section of the conclusion with pizzicatos with the left hand:
The final chord rapresenting the light of the birth of the day:






In this score there are also other kind of techniques as slap on bass, col legno, sound on bridge and many articulations.

A score that can rapresent well Valentini's work is "Blu Cobalto" for solo flute.
The whole piece, performed in the video by the great flutist Roberto Fabbriciani, is based on a multiphonic, a chord created with an instrument that normally is monophonic. It is possible with new techniques and positions.
The lower note is the note of the position and the other notes are harmonics created by the special techniques. All the other notes are not tempered and the lower is a quarter tone more then an F. So, the sound of the piece is not in a tempered scale.
This is the chord used in the score:
In the legenda is clearly explained that the flutist must play only this chord in the whole piece but in the score are written only the partial that he have to make mostly hear with a lip pressure.
The beginning of the score:
Using this technique, the flutist can go up and down playing the same notes with different rythms:
Another example:
There is a section, called "con sentimento" in wich the flute plays a melody in the style of italian opera, like a Puccini's soprano aria. All the notes, are, anyway, harmonics, so this simply passage is like a dreaming remember of italian tradition that is so present in Valentini's work
There are even glissandos and slap notes:

There are other modern techniques like a motor effect:


At the end of the score come again the aria with accompaniment:




And at the last bars the whole chord that is the only matter of the score:



Musica per pianoforte

Toccata (1990)
Scherzo alla russa (1995)
 La dolce vita, omaggio a N. Rota (2007)
 Intermezzo dall'opera "L'Audizione" (2015)
 Etudes (in corso d'opera)

Page from"Enfasi Lunare" 

Musica da camera

 Quintetto di fiati (1995)
 Fantasia per cl. e pf. (1997)
 Tre pezzi per quartetto d’archi (1997)
 Sonatina per oboe (1997)
 Divertimento per fl. e trio d’archi (1997-2001)
 Sonatina per violino (1998)
 Hommage a Satie per ob. e pf. (1998)
 Suoni e silenzi per sax alto e quartetto d’archi (2001)
 Quartetto d’archi (2002-3)
 Fleurs per fl. e pf. (2003)
 Divagazioni per sax e piano (2004)
 Le gelide notti per oboe e quart. d'archi (2006)
 Bagliori nella notte (2010) per flauto e pianoforte
 Blu Cobalto (2011) per flauto solo
 Enfasi Lunare (2014) per flauto basso e vibrafono

Musica per orchestra

 La tempesta di primavera (1997-2001)
 Hommage a Satie per ob. e orch. da camera (1998)
 Stelle dell’alba su Boboli (1998)
 La traiettoria dell'arco (2004)
 Finale di Scena (2005)
 Colori del crepuscolo (2006)
 Rarefazioni di luce (2007)
 Universi paralleli (2008)
 Apres un reve de Mozart (2008) per orchestra da camera
 Movimento Circolare (2010) per grande orchestra
 Fluttuazioni Quantistiche (2011) per grande orchestra
 Oltremare (2015) per orchestra sinfonica


 Concerto per Violoncello, piano e archi (2003)


The beginning of "Bagliori nella notte"


a) con pianoforte
Canti del Nero per sop. e pf. (1997)
Tre canti da Pound per sop. e pf. (2003)
Liberdade per soprano e pf. su testo di F. Pessoa (2004)
La diva de l'Operà per mezzosoprano (2004)
 Chi sa, chi sa qual sia (2010) aria mozartiana
b) da camera
Lamento di Maddalena per sop. e quartetto d’archi (1998-2001)
Liberdade per due soprani, pf., sax alto, chitarra, contrabbasso su testo di F. Pessoa (2004)
Preghiera di San Bernardo alla Vergine dal XXXIII canto del Paradiso di Dante per soprano e organo (2004)
c) con orchestra
La sera fiesolana per soprano (2004)
Preghiera di San Bernardo alla Vergine dal XXXIII canto del Paradiso di Dante per soprano e orchestra da camera (2004)
Preghiera di San Bernardo alla Vergine dal XXXIII canto del Paradiso di Dante per soprano e organo (2006 vers. orch.)
Frammenti di Saffo per soprano e orchestra (2006, in corso d'opera)
Sogni per soprano, pianoforte ed elettronica - e/o orchestra - (2007)




L'Audizione (2015) soggetto e libretto proprio. Opera da camera
Scene da un cinematografo (2005-6-7) soggetto e libretto proprio


Page from "Rarefazioni di Luce"






Orchestra sinfonica città metropolitana di Bari, dir. M. Colasanti 8th october 2015 Chiesa SS. Annunziata Matrice Modugno (BA)

Oltremare (world premiere)

Orchestra sinfonica città metropolitana di Bari, dir. M. Colasanti 7th october 2015 Bari Cattedrale

Intermezzo dall'opera L'Audizione

dir. A. Fuoli, Orchestra giovanile Trentina, 11 september 2015, festival AMI Mozart, Chiesa di San Marco Rovereto (TN)

L'Audizione, chamber opera in one act (world premiere)

Orchestra Euroadriatica, dir. M. Colasanti, 17th august 2015, Guardiagrele (CH) GO Opera Festival. Paola Grandicelli and Gabriella Aleo soprani, Massimo Paolucci, actor

Universi Paralleli

Orchestra del Festival Rapla, dir. M. Colasanti, 10th July 2015, XXIII Rapla Kirikumuusika Festival, Estonia, Rapla Church, Tallin

Agnus Dei

XXXVII Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez UNAM Mexico City 6th june 2015 Tuumben Paax Choir

Dittico Melies (world premiere)

Festival Fulgorazione Cine teatro Fulgor, Capolona (AR) 9th april 2015 Fulgor Ensemble with live electronics


Blu Cobalto

Sala dei concerti della BBC, London, Roberto Fabbriciani

Agnus Dei (world premiere)
Tuumben Paax Choir Jorge Cordoba, conductor July, 7th 2012 Sala M. Ponce, Teatro de Bellas Artes, Mexico City
Falchi nella notte (world premiere)
Maurizio Colasanti, conductor June, 25th 2012 UEL Orchestra Londrina Brasil
Fascino di una riflessione (world premiere)
Roberto Fabbriciani, flute Cesare Valentini, piano Circolo artistico di Arezzo May 12th 2012, 5,30 p.m.
Blu Cobalto and Hymn for German Unification for solo flute,
Bagliori nella notte for flute and piano, Patchwork (world premiere) for flute, string quartet and piano
Roberto Fabbriciani, flute Dresden String Quartet Cesare Valentini, piano From 2nd october to 8th, Gorlitz contemporary music festival
Fluttuazioni Quantistiche (Quantum Fluctuations) world premiere
Verdi - Overture to "Nabucco" Brahms - Symphony No. 4 Maurizio Colasanti, guest conductor Cesare Valentini, guest composer Thursday, April 21, 2011 Center for the Performing Arts (CPA)2010 Illinois State University - Normal, Chicago
Chi sa, chi sa qual sìa (world premiere)
aria in stile mozartiano su testo di Lorenzo Da Ponte Rovereto, 18 settembre 2010, Hotel Novecento nell'ambito della Tafelmusik, settimana mozartiana Associazione Mozart Italia soprano Margriet Buchberger pianoforte Corrado Ruzza
Bagliori nella notte (2010), per flauto e pianoforte (world premiere) (R. Fabbriciani e S. Ori)
Nenia de los indios (Omaggio a Villa-Lobos) per flauto e flauto basso (world premiere) (R. Fabbriciani e L. Trapani)
27 luglio 2010 Sestola (Modena) - Chiesa parrocchiale

Movimento Circolare for clarinet, piano and orchestra (world premiere)
OSEM - Orquestra Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico 16 aprile Viernes 20 hrs. sala Felipe Villanueva (Toluca) 18 aprile Domingo 12:30 hrs. teatro San Benito Abad (Cuautitlán Izcalli) Cesare Valentini, pianoforte Antonello Pellegrini, clarinet Maurizio Colasanti, conductor
Movimento Circolare for clarinet, piano and orchestra
OUGTO - Orchestra Sinfonica de Guanajuato 23 aprile viernes 20.00 hrs Teatro Juarez Guanajuato GTO Cesare Valentini, pianoforte Antonello Pellegrini, clarinet Maurizio Colasanti, conductor
Apres un reve de Mozart
Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina Direttore Giuseppe Lanzetta Pianisti Paolo E Aurelio Pollice Domenica 7 e Lunedì 8 Giugno 2009 - CHIESA DI ORSANMICHELE h. 21.00 Via Calzaiuoli Firenze
Corde e Attrazioni per pianoforte e trio d'archi
membri dell'Istituto Musicale Mascagni di Livorno 30 maggio 2009, Auditorium dell'Istituto Mascagni, h. 18.00
Icone del Tempo for flute, oboe and clarinet
I Fiati Italiani Teatro Nuovo Magnolfi, Via Gobetti, 79 Prato, 5 dicembre h. 21.15 - 9.15 p.m. Contempoartensemble - Contempopratofestival
Icone del Tempo (worls premiere)
I Fiati Italiani 29 September Porto Alegre (Brasil)
Un'immagine dei venti for Woodwind Quintet (world premiere)
Audi Mozart Quintet 22 settembre h 18 Palazzo Ca' Sagredo, Venezia
Apres un reve de Mozart (world premiere)
Orch. J. Futura cond. D. Dini Ciacci 19 September Rovereto (TN) Auditorium MART h. 21.00
Music for soprano and organ
Patrizia Morandini sop. Davide Grassi org. 18 September Milan
Corde e Attrazioni for Piano Quartet (world premiere)
Toscana Classica Trio (members od Scarlatti Orchestra) 15 September 9 pm Orsanmichele Church via dei Calzaiuoli Florence

L’uomo di Vitruvio for woodwind quintet (world premiere)
Quintetto Italiano Vinci (Firenze) Museo Leonardiano 25 ago 2008

Universi Paralleli (world premiere)
Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, Maurizio Colasanti conductor 29, 30 June 9 pm Orsanmichele Church via dei Calzaiuoli Florence