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Fellegara, Vittorio

Roberta Costa

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Milan, Nov 4, 1927; d Milan, July 7, 2011). Italian composer. He studied composition with Luciano Chailly at the Milan Conservatory, graduating in 1951, while at the same time taking university courses in mathematics and physics. In 1955 and 1956 he attended the Darmstadt summer courses. Between 1956 and 1959 he was secretary to the Accademia Filarmonica in Rome, and from 1960 to the Italian branch of the ISCM; his Requiem di Madrid gained him an award at the latter’s first international composition competition, in 1959. In 1960 he began to teach harmony, counterpoint, fugue and composition at the Donizetti Institute in Bergamo, and in 1982 he was appointed artistic director of the Bergamo annual Incontri Europei con la Musica.

His earliest compositions display the influence of neo-classicism, in particular the contrapuntal techniques of Hindemith and Petrassi. Towards the end of the 1950s he felt the need for a broader linguistic base and, without seeking to rebel against tradition, he began to exploit the procedures of 12-note serialism as currently applied in Italy. Working within the post-Webernian avant garde, Fellegara, like Nono in his choral music of the same period, placed special emphasis on structuring and enhancing the expressive power that derived from the tensions latent in a 12-note set. Works such as ...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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