Salvatorre Sciarrino

Italian, 1947-

Born in Sicily in 1947, SALVATORE SCIARRINO at first taught himself music, later studying with Antonio Titone and Turi Belfiore in Rome and Milan. His music is intimate and refined, largely constructed through the microvariation of sonorities, and exhibits an extraordinary sensitivity to tim-bre and instrumental color. He has received, among oth-ers, the first prize of the International Society of Contempo-rary Music SIMC (1971 and 1974) and the Dallapiccola Prize (1974).

Selected works by Salvatorre Sciarrino:
“Once when father (George Ives) was asked: 'How can you stand it to hear old John Bell (who was the best stonemason in town) bellow off-key the way he does at camp-meetings?' his answer was: 'Old John is a supreme musician. Look into his face and hear the music of the ages. Don't pay too much attention to the sounds. If you do, you may miss the music. You won't get a heroic ride to Heaven on pretty little sounds!'”
--Charles Ives