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TRILOGIA DANTESCA “MONUMENTAL” – CRITICAL CALL FOR PREMIERE

September 28th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Florentine music critic Alessandro Michelucci writes in Cultura commestibile: “The passion of the composer for Italy does not at all end with the two discs ITALIA and RITORNELLO. Confirming this is the monumental “Dante Trilogy” [TRILOGIA DANTESCA] for piano, orchestra and chorus, completed in 2006. 2015 marks the 750th anniversary of the poet’s birth: Cacioppo […]

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Dante at 750

June 17th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

In this commemorative year marking the 750th anniversary of the birth of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, the fine commentary by Eric Massey on Curt Cacioppo’s TRILOGIA DANTESCA for piano, orchestra and chorus, based on The Divine Comedy, is posted here for readers and may be accessed at this link: Trilogia commentary

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Ritornello CD draws attention, praise

October 12th, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The new Cacioppo disc RITORNELLO was released by Navona Records on August 12th, and has garnered both a Grammy nomination and inclusion on Fanfare’s end-of-year critic’s “want list:” “Curt Cacioppo is a prolific, uncategorizable American composer, whose music on his latest release, Ritornello, is more often than not tonal, melodic, and programmatic, inspired by Italian […]

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Typescripts from Native American talks in Italy

October 11th, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized

For those who requested copies, I am posting below the typescripts of the two talks that I gave in Bari, Italy Oct. 7 & 8 for the festival and conference on Louis W. Ballard and the Music of the Southwest at the Piccinni Conservatory, in both Italian and English.  Contact me through this site if […]

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Peter Burwasser on “Philadelphia Diary”

December 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The music of Curt Cacioppo displayed the greatest theatrical range of the bunch in “Philadelphia Diary” [just released on Kuumba Records – see next post], his five-section local musical travelogue for solo piano. His mood ranged from solemn— as in his depiction of the Treaty Elm where William Penn met with the Lenape in 1682— […]

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Waites Ignites, Lets Little Light Shine

December 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Pianist Althea Waites released a new Kuumba Music CD in recent weeks featuring the world premiere recording of Curt Cacioppo’s “Philadelphia Diary” and her lustrous live performance of his “Fantasy-Choruses on This Little Light of Mine,” which he dedicated to her. The disc, entitled CELEBRATION, also includes pieces by John W. Work, Margaret Meier, Duke […]

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Rick Hauser on “Laws of the Pipe”

December 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

This collection of musical elegies and celebrations by Curt Cacioppo skillfully evokes a Native American time, a space and a people. The history and the literature these meditations trace are often tragic—intensely dramatic. Tone poems infused with vibrancy, they elevate. Listen to the “Invocation” trilogy—the work summons images of Native American lifeways paradoxically familiar and […]

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“Laws of the Pipe” released by Navona

December 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

In honor of Native American Heritage Month this year, Navona Records released my new CD entitled “Laws of the Pipe.” The disc is a collection of three of my larger works inspired by Native American culture, including the recent string quartet “Kinaaldá” as performed by the highly acclaimed Borromeo Quartet. Navona has posted a Youtube […]

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Michael Hersch and the Romantic Continuum

December 2nd, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

(a portion of the following essay appeared as program notes for Hersch’s Kaufmann Hall concert in May of 2007) The Sonata No. 2 for unaccompanied cello (2000-1), The Vanishing Pavilions for piano (2005), Caelum Dedecoratum for unaccompanied contrabass (2006), and the Fourteen Pieces for unaccompanied violin (2007) link together in an unbroken (and perhaps still […]

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A Pianist in Dante’s Hell

December 2nd, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Marino Baratello’s Malebolge cycle (This paper in its Italian form, “Un pianista nell’ Inferno di Dante,” was read at the Fondazione Cini’s Sala del Soffitto, Isola di S. Giorgio Maggiore, and at the Tempio Library of Palazzo Albrizzi, San Polo, in Venice in September, 2009. It is published in the Cini Foundation’s annual peer reviewed […]

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