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date: 22 August 2019

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  • Rhian Samuel

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(b Milan, April 3, 1954). Italian composer. She studied composition with Bruno Bettinelli and Azio Corghi at the Milan Conservatory, graduating in 1980, and attended summer courses at Dartington, England, 1978–85 (concurrently studying privately with Hans Keller), and Tanglewood, USA, 1983. She teaches composition at the Milan Conservatory. Her Belsize String Quartet (1980) won first prize at the International String Quartet Competition of the Contemporary Music Forum in Washington, DC, in 1982; later awards include a Fromm Foundation scholarship, a Fulbright travel bursary and three fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, where she wrote a symphony (1988–90). This is the first of a series of several works for full orchestra that includes La triade (1992), Firelights (1993) and Requiescat (1994). The Belsize Quartet, dedicated to Keller, is a carefully crafted, two-movement contrapuntal work in which bold melodic gestures intermingle with stuttering repeated pedal notes; towards the end, heavily ornamented lines fly against each other above the reintroduced pedal to produce a sense of texture that briefly overwhelms both melody and rhythm. This momentary feature becomes the language of later works: ...

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