Ferrero, Lorenzo (b. November 17, 1951, Turin). Italian composer of stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works that have been performed throughout Europe and the USA.
Mr. Ferrero was self-taught as a child, but later studied composition with Massimo Bruni and Enore Zaffiri at the Conservatorio di Musica di Torino from 1969-72. He earned a degree in aesthetics at the Università di Torino in 1974, with a thesis on John Cage.
His honors include the Premio Italia (1986, for Il fuga di Foscolo) and selection to write the music for the opening ceremony of the World Ski Championship (1997). The Bayerische Staatsoper, the Berliner Philharmoniker, Danish Radio, ORF, Radio France, Radio Frankfurt, and RAI, among numerous other orchestras and organizations, have commissioned works from him.
He is also active in other positions. He worked at the electronic music studio in Bourges in 1972-73 and collaborated with Josef Anton Riedl and the Musik/Film/Dia/Licht-Galerie in Munich in 1974. He later served as artistic director of the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago from 1980-84, the Unione Musicale in Turin from 1983-87 and the Venice Biennale, as well as of the Arena di Verona from 1991-94 and the Musica 2000 fair. He has served as artistic director of the Festa della Musica in Milan since 1999, a showcase of classical, jazz and world music.
In addition to the works listed below, Mr. Ferrero completed the orchestration of the third version of La Rondine by Giacomo Puccini in 1994 and has written incidental music for stage productions.
Ricordi publishes his music.
E-mail address: email@example.com
COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS (for stage works, the date given is that of the première)
STAGE: Rimbaud, ou le fils du soleil (3 act melodrama, text by Louis-François Caude), 4 soloists, 6 actors, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, French horn, harp, string quartet, double bass, piano, 3 percussion, 1978; Invito a nozze (ballet, choreography by Claire Jahier, scenario by Floriana Bossi), tape, 1978; Marilyn (2 act opera, libretto by Floriana Bossi, the composer), 4 soloists, 8 actors, extras, walk-ons, mixed chorus, orchestra, tape, 1981 (a suite was arranged; one section may be performed separately as a concert work: Night of the Nite); La figlia del Mago (2 act children's opera, libretto by Marco Ravasini), 4 soloists, dancers, mimes, school orchestra, 1981 (also version with small orchestra instead of school orchestra, 1992); Mare nostro (2 act opera buffa, libretto by Marco Ravasini), 6 soloists, mixed chorus, orchestra, 1985 (one section may be performed separately as a concert work: Intermezzo notturno); Night (1 act opera, libretto by the composer, Peter Wehrahn, after Novalis), 8 soloists, small orchestra (22 players), tape, 1985; Salvatore Giuliano (1 act opera, libretto by Giuseppe Di Leva), 8 soloists, extras, mixed chorus, large orchestra, 1986 (two sections may be performed separately as concert works: Portella della Ginestra; Poi andrò in America); La fuga di Foscolo (racconto musicale, texts by Giuseppe Di Leva, Pietro Metastasio), 4 soloists, speaker, flute, 2 oboes, bass clarinet, 2 French horns, string orchestra, 1986
STAGE: Charlotte Corday (3 act opera, libretto by Giuseppe Di Leva), 8 soloists, high chorus, mixed chorus, on-stage portative organ, on-stage percussion, orchestra, 1989; Le bleu-blanc-rouge et le noir (marionette opera, libretto by Anthony Burgess, after Jean-Pierre Carasso), soprano, baritone, speaker, orchestra, tape, 1989 (a suite was arranged); La Nascita di Orfeo (1 act musical action, text by the composer, after Euripides, Simonides), child's voice, 2 or more mimes, orchestra, 1996; Storie di neve, mixed chorus, large orchestra, 1997; The Conquest (2 act opera, libretto by the composer, Frances Karttunen, after Alessandro Baricco), rock voices, tenor, tenor altino, baritone, bass, mimes, mixed chorus, orchestra, 2005
ORCHESTRAL: Ellipse IV (Waldmusik), folk ensemble ad libitum, small orchestra (11 winds, 10 brass), 1974; Siglied, small orchestra (19 players), 1975; Adagio cantabile, small orchestra (12 players), 1977; My blues, string orchestra, 1982 (version of work for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns); Thema 44 (ad honorem J. Haydn), 1982; Intermezzo notturno, 1985 (section of Mare nostro; may be performed separately as a concert work); My rock, 1985 (version of piano work; also version for big band, 1985); Portella della Ginestra, large orchestra, 1986 (section of Salvatore Giuliano; may be performed separately as a concert work); Le bleu-blanc-rouge et le noir, 1989 (suite from opera); Four Modern Dances, 1990; Zaubermarsch, 1990; Concerto, piano, orchestra, 1991; Parodia, small orchestra (14 players), 1990 (also version for orchestra, 1991); Ostinato, 2 celli, string orchestra, 1993 (version of work for 6 celli); Paesaggio con figura, 1994; Concerto, violin, cello, piano, orchestra, 1994-95; Palm Beach Overture, 1995; Capriccio, piano, string orchestra, 1996; Three Baroque Buildings, bassoon, trumpet, orchestra, 1997; Championship Suite, 1997; La Nueva España, large orchestra, 1992-99 (each of its six sections may be performed separately: La Noche Triste, 1996; La ruta de Cortes, 1992; La memoria del fuego, 1998; Presagios, 1999; El encuentro, 1999; La matanza del templo mayor, 1999); Rastrelli in St. Petersburg, oboe, string orchestra, 2000; Two Cathedrals in the South, trumpet, string orchestra, 2001; Five Easy Pieces, 2002 (version of piano work)
CHAMBER MUSIC: Ellipse III, any 4 players/ensembles, 1974 (version of choral work); Romanza senza parole, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, trombone, celesta, glockenspiel (+ crotales, vibraphone), string quartet, double bass, 1976; Variazioni sulla notte, guitar, 1980; My blues, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, 1982 (also versions for string orchestra; piano; violin, cello, piano, 1982-83; alto flute, clarinet, bassoon, B-flat trumpet, violin, viola, cello, double bass, 1983; flute/clarinet/violin, piano, 1983; clarinet, viola, piano, 1983); Respiri, flute, piano, 1982; Ellipse, flute/bass flute, 1983; My rag, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, double bass, piano, 1983 (version by V. Prosperi of piano work); Passacaglia, flute, clarinet, string quartet, 1986; Ostinato, 6 celli, 1987 (also versions for 2 flutes, 3 clarinets, bassoon, string quartet, double bass, 1989; 2 celli, string orchestra); Discanto sulla musica sull'acqua di Haendel, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, French horn, percussion, 1990; Onde, guitar, 1990; Movimento americano, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, string quartet, 1992; Five Easy Pieces, flute, piano, 1994 (version of piano work); Portrait, string quartet, 1994; Tempo di quartetto, string quartet, 1996-98; Glamorama Spies, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2000; Sonata, viola, piano, 2000; Moonlight Sonata, 5 percussion, 2001
CHORAL: Ellipse III, any 4 voices/choruses, 1974 (also version for any 4 players/ensembles); Le néant où l'on ne peut arriver (text by Blaise Pascal), 6 soloists, high chorus, 2 mixed choruses, 7 brass, organ, 7 percussion, 1976; Non parto, non resto (text by Pietro Metastasio), mixed chorus, 1987; Introito (text by Vincenzo Consolo), mixed chorus, orchestra, 1993 (section of collective work Requiem per le vittime della mafia; may be performed separately)
VOCAL: Night of the Nite, soprano, piano, 1981 (section of Marilyn; may be performed separately as a concert work); Marilyn, soprano, tenor, orchestra, 1981 (suite from opera); Canzoni d'amore (texts by Marco Ravasini, the composer, Pietro Metastasio), female voice, 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, trumpet, double bass, piano, percussion, 1985; Poi andrò in America, voice, orchestra, 1986 (section of Salvatore Giuliano; may be performed separately as a concert work)
PIANO: Aivlys, 1977; My blues, 1984 (version of work for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns); My rag, 1983 (also version by V. Prosperi for clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, double bass, piano); My rock, 1983; Rock My Tango, 1990; Five Easy Pieces, 1994 (also versions for flute, piano; orchestra); Seven Portraits of the Same Person, 1996
ORGAN: A Red Wedding Dress, 1998
HARPSICHORD: Ellipse II, harpsichord/clavichord, 1975
FILM SCORE (DIRECTOR): Anemia, 1986 (Alberto Abruzzese, Achille Pisanti)
Championship Suite; Palm Beach Overture; La ruta de Cortes; La Noche Triste. Anton Nanut/Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BMG Agorà: CMRCD 1049)
Concerto (violin, cello, piano); Concerto (piano); Capriccio. Anton Nanut/orchestras (BMG Agorà: CMRCD 1054)
Onde. Flavio Cucchi, guitar (EUCD: 1265)
My rag (original version). Marco Fumo, piano (Fonit Cetra: FDM 0004)
La Nueva España. Takuo Yuasa/National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (Naxos: 8.555044)
Concerto (piano); Parodia (original version); Ostinato (original version); Canzoni d'amore. (Nuova Era: 7120)
Le néant où l'on ne peut arriver. Simone Rist, soprano; Marjana Lipovšek, mezzo-soprano; other soloists; Wolfgang Bozic/Pro Arte Ensemble (ORF: 120184)
Ostinato. Heinrich Schiff Ensemble (ORF: 150057)
Ellipse. Roberto Fabbriciani, flute (Philips: 411 066)
La figlia del Mago. (Ricordi)
Mare nostro. Amelia Felle, soprano; Alfonso Antoniozzi, baritone; Danilo Rigosa, bass; other soloists; Gianfranco Masini/chorus and orchestra of the Conservatorio di Musica di Rovigo (Ricordi: RFCD 2016)
(Last updated on March 3, 2005)