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date: 17 August 2019

Bo, Sonialocked

  • Giordano Ferrari

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(b Lecco, March 27, 1960). Italian composer. She studied composition with Renato Dionisi and Azio Corghi at the Milan Conservatory, graduating in 1985; she also studied the piano, choral singing and conducting there, and took further composition classes with Donatoni at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena, in 1988. Her reputation was established through various national and international competitions: she won first prize in the Guido d’Arezzo competition in 1985 for Frammenti da Jacopone, an award from the European Cultural Foundation in 1985 for Da una lettura di Husserl and the 1995 city of Trieste gold medal for Synopsis. She began to teach composition at the Piacenza Conservatory in 1989.

Bo’s music is characterized by a mingling of complex bands of sound, rich in timbral and contrapuntal effects. Works such as Da una lettura di Husserl create a fascinating interplay between different blocks of sound within an episodic formal structure. The voice plays a central part in her output both as a means of expression and as a medium through which to experiment with monodic writing, as in ...

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