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Sylvano Bussotti
Composer, Italy

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Sylvano Bussotti will freely improvise to demonstrate the artistic and
creative language that represented the friendship between Cathy
Berberian and himself. He will try to embody Cathy in interpreting the
principal pieces written for her, for instance Voix de femme in 44
languages in Les Pièces de chair II. For this purpose, he will play
pieces on the piano and from a cd-player, such as 'O, atti vocali' (in
La Passion selon Sade) from the cd The many voices of Cathy Berberian.

Sylvano Bussotti (°1931, Florence) studied at the Florence Conservatory but, because of World War II, he was forced to break of his studies without getting a diploma. From 1949 to 1956 he studied composition as autodidact. From 1956 to 1958, he attended private course in Paris held by Max Deutsch. There he met Pierre Boulez and Heinz-Klaus Metzger, who took him to Darmstadt, where he met John Cage. In 1958 the pianist David Tudor performed one of his compositions for the first time in Germany. Some time later, in Paris, Cathy Berberian performed his works under the conduction of Pierre Boulez.

Through his experience as a conductor and musician, he developed a theatrical ability, which allowed him to deal with cinema and television. Starting from 1965 he focused more on musical theatre works. It is because of this new interest that in 1974, in Genazzano, he founded a Scuola Spettacolo, the BussottiOperaBallet (B.O.B.). He was artistic director of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and of the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago. He taught history of music theatre at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in L’Aquila. Since 1980 he has been teaching composition and analysis at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. From 1987 to 1991, he has been director of the Venice Biennale Musica. He has been awarded, threes times, the SIMC prize (1961, 1963 and 1965), the Venice Biennale ‘all’Amelia’ award in 1967, the ‘Toscani d’Oggi’ award in 1974, and the ‘Psacaropulo’ award in Turin in 1979.

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